The National Consumer Council (NCC) and energywatch today warn the government and the energy industry that time is fast running out to eradicate a Victorian affliction that still haunts our affluent 21st century society.
While all eyes are on the government’s imminent energy white paper, and its big-picture plans for future energy policy, almost four million UK households – twice as many as 2003 – struggle to afford to heat their homes adequately.
They need to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on gas and electricity – almost three times the share of everyone else. Poorly heated and insulated homes, high energy prices and low incomes conspire to make their lives a misery – and give the UK one of the worst fuel poverty records in northern Europe.
Action needed to lift millions out of fuel poverty