The 2015 fuel poverty figures indicate that in the Lancashire-14 area, 77,134 households (12.2%) were in fuel poverty and 60,137 households (11.9%) in the Lancashire-12 area. These percentages were higher than the England average of 11.0%. The gap has increased slightly between England and the both the Lancashire-14 and Lancashire-12 areas since 2014.
Within the Lancashire-14 area, Pendle had the highest rate at 15.8% followed by Burnley (14.6%), Hyndburn (14.4%), Preston (14.0%) and Blackburn with Darwen (14.0%). There were five Lancashire-14 authorities with percentages that were below the England average (11.0%), with Fylde (8.5%) having the lowest percentage.
The winter fuel payment is a tax-free sum to help older people pay their heating bills.
During the 2016/17 financial year, there were 304,750 recipients of the winter fuel payment in the Lancashire-14 area. Blackpool (30,030), Wyre (30,340) and Lancaster (29,2600) had the largest number of recipients in the Lancashire-14 area, whilst Rossendale (13,230) had the lowest number.
Additional background information, data tables and related web links are available within the full report, which can be downloaded via the link below.
Page updated October 2017