Northern Ireland

Fuel poverty

Key points


Graph 1: By household type

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Definitions and data sources

The graph shows how the estimated proportion of households in Northern Ireland who are in fuel poverty varies by household income, tenure and family type.

Households are considered to be in 'fuel poverty' if they have to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel to keep their home in a 'satisfactory' condition, where, for example, a 'satisfactory' heating regime is considered to be one where the main living area is at 21 degrees centigrade with 18 degrees centigrade in the other occupied rooms.  It is thus a measure which compares income with what the fuel costs should be rather than what they actually are.  The fuel costs included comprise that used for space heating, water heating, lighting, cooking and household appliances.

The data source is the report of the 2006 House Condition Survey from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.