Fuel poverty calculator - updated and still going strong ...

20 November 2018

A reminder that our fuel poverty calculator has been updated and continues to be a great tool for determining whether an individual household is in fuel poverty.

We used to ask people to request it by email in for it - in part because we were curious to know whether the users were from local authorities, or charities or whatever. But we are now making it freely available to download.

The calculator works with both the '10% definition' of fuel poverty (according to which fuel poverty is officially measured in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and the 'Low Income High Costs' definition as used in England since 2013.

Dr Toby Bridgeman developed the calculator. "It's been used by councils, housing associations, energy charities and community groups to help target services to support fuel poor residents," he said. "Feedback from users has been extremely positive."

There are three elements to download:

  1. The Calculator itself (Microsoft Excel Macro-Enabled Worksheet)
  2. A document explaining how to enable macros in Excel 2007 (which you might need to do to use the calculator)
  3. An introduction to using the tool

Please note that the ‘net income’ part of the calculation is quite involved, so there is an extra sheet on the Data Collection Form which takes you through this calculation step-by-step.

This tool was last updated in September 2018 to include the latest available thresholds (EHS 2016) and the equivalisation factors. Please be aware that these will be updated again every year around September.

Please be aware that to accurately determine whether a household is in fuel poverty, this tool requires you to enter fuel costs from an energy assessment and the household income in order for it to calculate fuel poverty correctly (see info in the spreadsheet). Without this information, the tool results should merely been seen as indicative.

Furthermore, the attached version also includes the fuel poverty gap (where a household is deemed to be in fuel poverty) which gives a good indication of how significant a households fuel poverty situation might be.

Please get back to us with any feedback you have on how it is to use (including any suggested improvements with regards how the tool functions, and additions which you think would make the tool more helpful for your work).

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