Fuel poverty rises to 4.9 million

The number of households in fuel poverty has risen to just over 4.9 million, according to research by Legal and General.

The financial services company has reported an 11.7 per cent increase in the number of households that said they were in fuel poverty in January this year compared to the same time in 2013.
This represented an additional 523,000 homes that claimed to be in fuel poverty – spending more than 10 per cent of household income on energy – bringing the total to 4,984,000.
The worst hit region in the UK was East Anglia, where the number of homes claiming they were in fuel poverty more than doubled from 260,000 in January 2013 to 780,000 in January 2014.
This represented 39 per cent of households in the region reporting to be in fuel poverty, above the national average of 24 per cent.
The South West (31 per cent), the West Midlands (31 per cent), Yorkshire and Humberside (28 per cent), and the North East (29 per cent) also recorded higher percentages of homes that said they were in fuel poverty than the national average.
The East Midlands saw the biggest decrease with 320,000 households saying they were in fuel poverty at the start of this year, down from 464,000 in January 2013.
Wales (140,000), Scotland (102,000), and the North West (46,000) also recorded decreases in the number of homes in fuel poverty.
Source: Utility Week