Newly released government figures show 12.5 per cent of households in England are estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2021.
The projection represents a reduction from the figure in 2019 of 13.4 per cent (3.18 million), which Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) attribute to the progress in energy efficiency.
The aggregate fuel poverty gap for England is projected to be £599 million in 2021 under the LILEE metric down by 13 per cent in real terms since 2019 (£687 million).
The average fuel poverty gap for England in 2021 (the reduction in fuel costs needed for a household to not be in fuel poverty) is projected to be £200, down by 8 per cent in real terms since 2019 (£216).
Since 2019, further progress was made towards the interim 2030 fuel poverty target, with an estimated 52.4 per cent of all low-income households in 2021 living in a property with a fuel poverty energy efficiency rating of band C or better.