The recently published Northern Ireland House Condition Survey 2009 shows that 44% of households in Northern Ireland have to pay more that 10% of their income on energy costs.

The number of people living in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland far exceeds the numbers in the other regions of Britain; however, an upward trend is evident in all regions.

This new Fuel Poverty Strategy builds on the work carried out since the last Fuel Poverty Strategy was published in 2004.  A primary aim of this strategy is to target available resources on those vulnerable households who are most in need of help, but the eradication of fuel poverty must remain as a core goal of our efforts.