2.5 million children in fuel poverty, new measure reveals

02 December 2013

Peter Grigg, Director of Campaigns and Policy at The Children’s Society, said:

'Over half of all children in the UK who say they are in poverty are living in homes that are too cold and a quarter live in damp or mould-ridden conditions. For too long the scale of this problem has been hidden by a measure that has severely underestimated the number of children living in fuel poverty.

'The new fuel poverty criteria announced today reveals that an alarming 2.5 million children in this country - double the previously estimated number - are living in fuel poverty. 

'Much more needs to be done to tackle this critical problem. By giving low income working families direct help with their energy bills and introducing a better programme of home improvements to reduce energy use, children can be moved out of fuel poverty. No child should be condemned to grow up in a cold home.'

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Notes to editors:

  • 3.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty
  • Two-thirds of children living in poverty are in low-income working families.
  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.

Footnotes:

[1]http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk//sites/default/files/tcs/poverty_commission_2pp_summary_final.pdf

[2] Fact File: Families and fuel poverty, Energy Bill Revolution and Association for the Conservation of Energy; Pedro Guertler and Sarah Royston,  Appendix 1.