Scilly Tops Fuel Poverty League Table

You may think our islands would be one place in Britain where the proportion of income we spend on fuel costs would be less because of our milder winters.

But our low average wage and cost of importing oil from the mainland makes Scilly top-of-the table in the fuel poverty league.

Fuel poverty is defined as when more than 10% of the household income is spent on energy bills. The Department for Energy and Climate Change says 41% goes on power here. Next is Eden in Cumbria at 38%.

In contrasts, 16 authority areas had less than 10% of the population in fuel poverty including urban areas like the City of London, Richmond-upon-Thames and Oxford.