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Fuel poverty 'relatively stable' between 2010 and 2011

The latest confirmed figures of fuel poverty show that the number of British households in fuel poverty dropped by around 80,000 in 2011 compared with the year before.

The government says this shows that the rate of fuel poverty stayed "relatively stable".

  • 2.39 million fuel poor households in 2011, compared with 2.48 million in 2010

The aggregate fuel poverty gap, which measures how much the fuel poor would have to pay to get out of poverty, rose slightly from £1.024 billion to £1.047 billion.