Hodge Hill has the worst fuel poverty in England – Birmingham has 6 constituencies in the top 13. This is why mass retrofitting of homes is needed urgently.

The constituencies with the highest levels of fuel poverty* have been revealed in a new league table from the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, based on Government figures.(https://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/constituencies-with-highest-levels-of-fuel-poverty-revealed/ )

Following the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, which did little to help end the misery of fuel poverty which will affect over 6 million homes from 1 April 2022, the End Fuel Poverty Coalition is calling on the public to take action.

The Coalition has launched a campaign to help people in fuel poverty easily contact their MP on Twitter. Simply tweet your MP today using this easy link: https://tymp.uk/3DckC0m. A petition by National Energy Action has also been launched.

The End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s latest estimate is that 6.2m households (26.2%) in England will be in fuel poverty from 1 April 2022 as a result of recent price increases.

Birmingham constituencies in national league table of constituencies by fuel poverty

Parliamentary Constituency National

rank

Number of households in fuel poverty (2019) Proportion of households fuel poor (%, 2019) Number of households in fuel poverty (from 1 April 2022) Proportion of households fuel poor (% from 1 April 2022) MP Name MP Party
Birmingham Hodge Hill 1                  11,575 27.4 23,041 54.5% Liam Byrne Labour
Birmingham Yardley 6 10,405                      23.5 20,712 46.7% Jess Phillips Labour
Birmingham Ladywood 9 11,770                      23.1 23,429 46.0% Shabana

Mahmood

Labour
Birmingham Erdington 11 10,006                      22.8 19,918 45.5% Paulette Hamilton Labour
Birmingham Perry Barr 12 9,248                      22.8 18,409 45.3% Khalid Mahmood Labour
Birmingham Hall Green 13 9,550                      22.7 19,010 45.2% Tahir Ali Labour

*Fuel poverty in England is measured using the Low Income Low Energy Efficiency (LILEE) indicator. Under this indicator, a household is considered to be fuel poor if:

  • they are living in a property with a fuel poverty energy efficiency rating of band D or below

and

  • when they spend the required amount to heat their home, they are left with a residual income below the official poverty line

There are 3 important elements in determining whether a household is fuel poor:

  • household income
  • household energy requirements
  • fuel prices

RH 11 April 2022

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