Fuel Poverty in the Private Rented and Off-Grid Sectors

The deadline for the submission of written evidence for this inquiry was 9 December 2011.

Rising energy prices are leading to greater levels of fuel poverty in the UK.  Around a fifth of households in the private rented sector and a quarter of households in rural areas are fuel poor.  In the private rented sector, poor quality housing is a contributing factor, while in rural areas, lack of access to mains gas means that households must rely on other heating fuels such as heating oil, bottled gas or electricity.