Barnsley fuel poverty statistics released

The UK Government has released new data showing the most recent fuel poverty statistics in England, up to December 2021.

Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income Low Energy Efficiency (LILEE) indicator. This takes into account household income, energy requirements and fuel prices.

Those in homes with an EPC rating of C or above are not counted as fuel poor no matter their income or energy costs. 

The data shows that in Barnsley, 17.3 percent of our residents live in fuel poverty, compared to the national rate of 13.1 percent.

In last year’s figures, which used 2020 data, the Barnsley rate was 19.2 percent against a national rate of 13.2 percent.

This means that we are seeing a reduced number of residents in fuel poverty. Even though our figure is currently higher than the England average, we’re closing the gap. 

We know that there are three key ways to address fuel poverty:

  • Making a home more energy efficient
  • Accessing cheaper energy
  • Income maximisation

As energy prices are all around the same price at the moment, it’s not always an option to access cheaper energy by changing suppliers; however, there are ways that the council is assisting people, which is having an impact.

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