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Reducing poverty, particularly persistent poverty, in some of our poorest areas and communities is at the centre of the Welsh Government’s policy agenda.
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The latest data on fuel poverty levels in Wales.

Understanding the scale and distribution of fuel poverty will be vital in helping to work towards our fuel poverty targets.

The Production of Estimated Levels of Fuel Poverty in Wales: 2012-2016

This report presents the findings from research to develop a model to estimate overall levels of fuel poverty in Wales for the years 2012 to 2016. It also estimates levels of severe fuel poverty, fuel poverty amongst vulnerable households and levels of fuel poverty amongst social housing tenants.

The report estimates that in 2016, around 291,000 households, equivalent to 23% of all households in Wales, are living in fuel poverty. This represents an estimated reduction of 73,000 households (6 percentage points) since 2012.

Fuel Poverty Projection Tool: 2011-2012 Report

The aim of this technical document is to highlight the changes in fuel poverty levels in Wales since the 2008 Living in Wales property survey.

The projections for fuel poverty levels in 2011 and 2012 take into account changes in income levels, fuel prices and the installation of energy efficiency measures.

Living in Wales Survey

The Living in Wales household survey is an annual survey carried out from 2004 to 2008. Four fuel poverty reports from the Living in Wales 2008 survey are available to read:

  • Evaluating the impact of energy price rises on fuel poverty 
  • Fuel prices, income and energy efficiency scenarios to 2018 
  • Modelled headline fuel poverty statistics for 2009 and 2010 
  • Fuel poverty Statistics 

Further analysis of Living in Wales 2008 property survey data: Examining the likely impact of more targeted eligibility criteria for our new fuel poverty scheme

This short note uses the latest data from the 2008 Living in Wales property survey (published on 26 November 2010) to examine the likely impact of using more targeted eligibility criteria for our new fuel poverty scheme.