This short report gives estimates on the number of households that are unable to afford to keep their home adequately heated for 2018.
This is not the latest release in the series: Fuel poverty estimates for Wales
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.
Fuel poverty estimates for Wales (headline results) 2018 , file type: PDF, file size: 594 KB
Fuel poverty estimates for Wales (headline results) 2018: annex , file type: PDF, file size: 459 KB
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