Saturday, January 01, 2022

Fuel Poverty to Rise

 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.”

6m UK homes may be unable to pay energy bills after price hike, charity warns | Fuel poverty | The Guardian

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