Fuel poverty doubles in five years
The number of households who are in “fuel poverty” has more than doubled in the last five years because of surging energy bills, according to official statistics.
By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor, The Telegraph
Published: 12:18PM BST 14 Oct 2010
Older people will be forced to turn down their heating this winter if they cannot meet their fuel costs Photo: AlamyWith the average British fuel bill climbing to well over £1,000 a year – for many pensioners the largest bill they have to pay all year – a worryingly large number of people are struggling to keep their homes warm.A household is defined as being fuel poor if it has to spend 10 per cent or more of its income on paying to keep the home adequately warm.