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Carers fear the fuel bills

Fuel poverty affects a quarter of UK’s households as bills soar and pay freezes

Exclusive: Figure rises from a fifth of homes last year, meaning coalition will fail to meet its legal duty to end fuel poverty by 2016


Fuel poverty is defined as when a household spends 10% or more of its income on gas and electricity bills.

A quarter of all households in England and Wales have now fallen into fuel poverty following an autumn of steep increases in energy bills and stagnating incomes, the Guardian can reveal.

The dramatic increase in fuel poverty – up from nearly one in five households last year to one in four now – will be highly embarrassing to the government, which has a statutory obligation to eliminate fuel poverty by 2016. It now looks certain to fail to meet its legal duty.

Previous government projections forecast that this year would see 4.1m households in fuel poverty, which is defined as those who have to spend 10% or more of their income to achieve adequate warmth and light.

Carers struggle with fuel poverty

Carers fuel poverty

9 out of 10 of Nation’s Carers worried about impending winter fuel bills, risking health, incurring debt and sacrificing comfort as a result of increasingly high energyA new survey commissioned by Turn2us, part of the national charity Elizabeth Finn Care, reveals the worrying situation faced by the UK’s six million carers as winter approaches.

Carers must not miss out on the Warm Home Discount

Fuel poor could miss out on help
By Bob Howard Reporter, Money Box

The BBC has learned that not everyone eligible for the new Warm Home Discount will receive it because of funding limits.

Warm Home Discount replaces the current social tariffs provided by the energy firms to help customers on low incomes.

More than half a million pensioner households will get £120 off their bills this winter.