The number of UK households in fuel poverty will increase to 8.4 million from April – up from last October’s 4.5 million – when Government support with rising energy bills falls, campaigners fear.
National Energy Action (NEA) said those in fuel poverty will include 1.8 million carers, 5.9 million low income and financially vulnerable households, 3.6 million people with a disability and 1.6 million households in homes without a gas supply.
A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if it needs to spend 10% or more of its income on energy in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime.
A survey for NEA found 81% of householders say they will ration their heating over the next three months, 55% are already rationing hot water and 13% are reducing use of medical equipment.
The cap on household energy bills will increase in April, such that the average bill will rise to £3,000 per year, from £2,500.