25% of households in fuel poverty
Fuel poverty is hitting a quarter on the UK population with around 6.3million households struggling with steeply rising bills.
And according to new research, released today (July 6), if fuel poverty was re-defined after housing costs, as organisations like Consumer Focus have urged, poverty levels rocket to almost 9 million or a third (33%) of all British households.
Properties classed as 'fuel poor' are often thought of as being in low income areas or home to pensioners.
But according to new research, by YouGov for energy price comparison website uSwitch.com, much more affluent middle classes are feeling the bite of increased energy bills.
uSwitch.com director of consumer policy, Ann Robinson, said: "Rocketing energy prices mean the middle classes are no longer immune to social ills such as fuel poverty.
"There is now a real urgency for the Government to get on with its review of fuel poverty so it can relieve the misery facing those who cannot afford to keep warm this winter.
"But, in the meantime, households have to start protecting themselves and there are two key steps to this: pay the lowest possible price for your energy and learn to use less of it.
"With household energy prices likely to rise again, many households, especially those on tight budgets, may like the security of a fixed price energy plan.
"Suppliers have a pot of money available to help customers in this way and those who qualify could see their energy bills substantially reduced as a result."