One in 10 English households is now living in fuel poverty according to stats released in May/June.
They show that in 2.28m properties, people are struggling to be able to afford to heat their homes. The Department of Energy and Climate Change predicts that the number will climb by 2014 to 2.33m.
Under the old measure, which included everybody who had to spend more than 10 per cent of their income to heat their homes properly, some 4.5m English households were in fuel poverty in 2012, a huge increase on the 3.2m homes in fuel poverty in 2011 and almost double the number included in the new measure.
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