Fuel poverty strategy “falling well short” say Welsh Conservatives

New statistics from the Welsh Government reveal that nearly a quarter of Welsh homes are estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2016.


Figures for 2016 set estimated fuel poverty in Wales at 23%, almost 300,000 households in wales spend 10% or more of their income on fuel.


Whilst this is down from a high of 30% of households in 2014, Welsh Conservatives have expressed concern that the Welsh Government is making inadequate progress towards meeting its target in 2016.


The projected number of households in severe fuel poverty (who spend 20% of their income on fuel) is 3%, 43,000 households.


The newly released figures also worryingly highlight that nearly a third of those households in fuel poverty are in social housing and a quarter are living in vulnerable households.



Shadow Secretary for Communities Mark Isherwood AM said:


"Whilst we welcome a fall in households facing fuel poverty in Wales, the Welsh Labour Government continues to oversee critical levels of fuel poverty.


"The Welsh Government has a statutory obligation to eradicate fuel poverty by 2018, but with nearly a quarter of Welsh homes still blighted by it, there are signs that the current Welsh Government strategy is falling well short.


"Welsh Conservatives call on the Welsh Government to place fuel poverty at the heart of any tackling poverty plans, working with landlords, housing associations, local health boards, charities and local authorities and energy providers to introduce a strong and cohesive strategy to tackle fuel poverty once and for all."