So what is fuel poverty?
Fuel poverty is said to occur when in order to heat the home to an adequate standard of warmth (18 degrees), a household needs to spend more than 10% of its income.
In 2011, a survey indicated that the number of households in the UK suffering from fuel poverty was 6.3 million – a staggering 24% of the population.
Factors that cause fuel poverty include: low income, high fuel prices (electricity and gas), poor energy efficient homes (poor insulation, old or inefficient heating systems etc) and the under-occupancy of homes.
New research has indicated that 10% of consumers have defaulted on their energy bills and a third of families now have to ration fuel.