This short report gives estimates on the number of households that are unable to afford to keep their home adequately heated for 2018.
A household is regarded as being in fuel poverty if they are unable to keep their home warm at a reasonable cost.
In Wales, this is measured as any household that would have to spend more than 10% of their income on maintaining a satisfactory heating regime. Any household having to spend more than 20% is defined as being in severe fuel poverty.
Vulnerable households are defined as those with a person aged 60 years or over, a child or young person under the age of 16 years and/or a person who is disabled or has a long term limiting condition.
- 155,000 households in Wales were living in fuel poverty, equivalent to 12% of households.
- 32,000 households were living in severe fuel poverty, equivalent to 2% of households.
- 130,000 vulnerable households in Wales were living in fuel poverty, equivalent to 11% of vulnerable households.
- 19,000 vulnerable households were living in severe fuel poverty, equivalent to 2% of vulnerable households.
- The percentage of households in fuel poverty has decreased from 26% in 2008. Initial indications show that this is a result of increased household incomes and reduced household energy requirements due to energy efficiency improvements outweighing increases in fuel prices.
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