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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Fuel Poverty and Affordable Warmth

fuel poverty and affordable warmth

Fuel poverty is a persistent challenge that affects 10.7% of households (or 8585 properties) in Stockton-on-Tees.

The inability to keep a home warm is more than just a comfort issue – it has real and severe impacts on peoples’ health and well-being. In addition, trying to adequately heat an energy inefficient home results in considerable and unnecessary emissions, and can drain a family of money, often leading to fuel poverty.

It is our ambition that no-one in the borough suffer the blight of fuel poverty and be unable to keep warm in their homes, which is why through our multi agency Housing, Neighbourhood and Affordable Warmth Partnership, we adopted a revised and strengthened Affordable Warmth Strategy and Action Plan in January 2017, which can be viewed or downloaded here:

Affordable Warmth Strategy 2017

Making Progress

Over the past 10 years we have prioritised tackling fuel poverty and invested heavily in programmes to help thousands of households. Our Warm Zone programme installed cavity wall and loft insulation in 15,000 properties before delivering the largest private sector Community Energy Savings Programme in the UK in 2012/13 with 1669 households benefitting. Improvements have included:

  • 3165 households improved with external wall insulation in just 4 years.
  • 4999 properties have received fuel poverty measures including boiler replacements and loft and cavity wall insulation since 2012 in the areas of highest fuel poverty.
  • Visible reductions in fuel poverty levels in areas where we have installed measures.
  • Our fuel poverty programmes have saved residents of the Borough in excess of £6m in the last 5 years

Households in fuel poverty in Stockton have fallen in recent years with 1005 less properties suffering since 2011 but we have a long way to go. The link below maps the current fuel poverty situation in Stockton-on-Tees.

Fuel poverty map

More information on the affordable warmth programmes that we deliver and support can be found in the Health and Well-Being pages, or email


Frequently Asked Questions

From time to time, householders need signposting regarding affordable warmth / energy efficiency home improvements that have been undertaken on domestic properties by third parties. The following information is provided purely as a useful signpost for guidance and support, in the event that you have a question about issues such as external wall or cavity wall insulation.

Frequently asked questions