Fuel Poverty Mapping

Changeworks was commissioned by the City of Edinburgh Council to produce and analyse a fuel poverty map at data zone level.  The purpose was to identify areas of high fuel poverty and cross reference with other deprivation datasets (e.g. SIMD).  This report is based on the Scottish Government definition of fuel poverty which states that:

A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, it would be required to spend more than 10% of its income (including Housing Benefit and ISMI) on all household fuel use.

The Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) was used to identify characteristics that increase the likelihood of a household living in fuel poverty. These were then weighted to reflect this increased likelihood of fuel poverty and applied to 2011 Census data to produce estimated numbers of households in fuel poverty per data zone.

The report is available here and there is also an associated user guide available here.  

For more information please contact Katie Ward via katie.ward@edinburgh.gov.uk