Soaring energy bills push record number of families into ‘fuel poverty’
More families are in “fuel poverty” than at any time for a decade, as rising energy bills leave households choosing between heating and eating, official statistics show.
The total number of fuel poor households is projected to have risen by this year, the Department of Energy and Climate Change admitted, leaving more than 10 per cent of all households struggling to stay warm and stay above the poverty line.
Data released on Thursday show that the number of households with dependent children who were classified as fuel poor surpassed the one million mark in 2012 – the highest since records began in 2003, and 66,000 more than in 2011.
The Government defines a fuel poor household as one that needs to spend more on fuel than the national average in order to keep warm, and after spending that amount would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.
The official data for the years to 2012 show that fuel poor elderly people faced the biggest financial struggle. Couples aged 60 or over were on average £530 short of the cash needed to keep warm and stay above the poverty line.
Des gens devenus pauvres à cause de politiques environnementales qui font augmenter le prix de l’énergie… Un jour, il faudra demander aux gauchistes si le sort des bélugas les plus importants pour eux que le sort des pauvres…