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Fuel poverty continues to soar amid higher energy prices

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by Kay Mitchell

Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have revealed fuel poverty continues to soar amid higher energy prices.

Anyone spending over 10% of their household income on heating their homes are said to be in fuel poverty.

Figures from the Department showed that the number of households in fuel poverty in 2003 was at just two million.

However, by 2008, the figure reached 4.5 million and in 2009, the figure rose to 5.5 million.

The DECC is forecasting that the numbers for 2010 and 2011 will have increased further because of continuing rises in the price of energy.

“Between 2004 and 2009, energy prices increased: domestic electricity prices increased by over 75%, while gas prices increased by over 122% over the same period,” said the Department.

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has previously said there is a growing increase in the number of consumers struggling with fuel debts.

As a result, the Bureau advises either looking for the best deal by comparing suppliers or talk to your existing supplier to check whether you are on the best tariff.

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News posted: July 14, 2011

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