The charity National Energy Action warned the number of UK households living in fuel poverty could climb to 6 million, the highest level on record.
Around 4 million homes in the UK were already classed as fuel poor before a surge in global energy market prices triggered one of the steepest ever energy bill hikes in October, but campaigners are braced for a record increase in the numbers unable to pay their energy bills following another hike this Spring that could cause at least another 2 million more homes to slip into fuel poverty.
Adam Scorer, chief executive of National Energy Action, said “Those on lowest incomes and in less-efficient homes will not just face financial hardship but intolerable living conditions, ill-health and, for too many, a shortened life,” Scorer said. “This is not just conjecture. It will happen and we’ve had enough time to see it coming and act.”