More than 2m households in England fell into fuel poverty last year.
The number of households in England who spend more than 10% of their income, excluding housing costs, on energy has increased from 4.93m households in 2021 to 7.39m in 2022.
The number of households who have low incomes and live in homes with an energy efficiency rating of band D or below also increased by 100,000, to 3.3m in 2022, figures from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s annual fuel poverty report showed. That figure is expected to increase again to 3.5m this year, official figures showed.
Simon Francis, coordinator of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, said:
“Today’s data proves that households across England suffered in cold damp homes this winter because the country has failed to fix the roof when the sun was shining and help those most at risk from the energy bills crisis due to poorly insulated homes..."
The data also showed that the government was making little progress in meeting its goal to improve as many fuel-poor homes in England as is “reasonably practicable” to a minimum energy efficiency rating of C by the end of 2030.