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The UK Fuel Poverty Strategy defines fuel poverty as the financial position when a household needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel in order to achieve an adequate standard of warmth. This means a temperature of 21°C in the living room and 18°C in other occupied rooms. When calculating household fuel expenditure fuel used for heating, cooking, cleaning, lighting and other essential uses is included. Latest estimates suggest that there were approximately 2 million fuel poor households in the UK in 2003, with 1.5 million of these being vulnerable households (households which include an elderly, sick or disabled person or children under 16).
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WebMaster, West Midlands Public Health Observatory,
Wednesday, 1 March 2006
Anne Hartley, West Midlands Public Health Observatory, Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2SQ.



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