Northern Ireland

Without central heating

Key points

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Graph 1: By level of income

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Graph 2: By tenure

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Graph 3: By local authority

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Definitions and data sources

Central heating that ensures that the house is warm in winter and free from damp makes an important contribution towards good health.

The first graph shows how the proportion of households without central heating varies by level of household income.  For comparison purposes, the equivalent data for Great Britain is also shown.

The data source for the first graph is the Family Resources Survey (FRS).  The data is for 2003/04 (Northern Irish data not being available for earlier years and the question not being asked in either 2004/05 or 2005/06).  Income is household disposable income, equivalised (adjusted) to take account of household composition and is measured after deducting housing costs.  Note that, although the statistics are for Northern Irish households only, the allocations to income quintile are those for the total UK population income distribution.

The second graph shows, for 2001, how the proportion varies by housing tenure.

The third graph show, for 2001, how the proportion of households without central heating varies by local authority.

The data source for the second and third graphs is the 2001 Census (tables S358 and KS19).

Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium.  The FRS is a well-established annual government survey designed to be representative of the population as a whole and the Northern Ireland sample has been boosted to improve sample sizes but the question has not been included in the survey since 2003/04.

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