“One in 10 East Devon households are in fuel poverty, according to a government report. Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show nearly 6,000 households would be pushed into poverty by the cost of heating and lighting their homes properly.
Across the South West, around 240,000 households are in fuel poverty. Each household is on average £391 short of their required energy bills each year – a measure called the ‘fuel poverty gap’.
A household is considered to be ‘fuel poor’ if they have fuel costs which are above the national median average and if meeting those costs would push them below the poverty line. …”