Poor Spend 4 Times More on Energy than Richest

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Poor Spend 4 Times More on Energy than Richest

Poor Spend 4 Times More on Energy than Richest

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  • 1. What does this mean? Even though they live in much smaller properties, the poorest fifth of households spend much more of their income on heating and lighting their home. Historically, the Government has classified households as being in ‘fuel poverty’ if they need to spend more than 10% of their income to heat their home. When such a significant chunk of a household budget is required to provide adequate heating, poorer households can be forced to choose between heating and other basic necessities like food and housing. Explaining the data The chart is taken from household energy spending in the UK 2002-2012, available from the Office for National Statistics via http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/household-income/ expenditure-on-household-fuels/2002---2012/full-report--household-energy-spending-in- the-uk--2002--2012.html INEQUALITY BRIEFING The poorest households spend nearly four times as much of their income on fuel as the richest PERCENTAGE OF DISPOSABLE INCOME SPENT ON ENERGY 11% 3% POOREST 20% OF HOUSEHOLDS RICHEST 20% OF HOUSEHOLDS