19 Oct 2011

Fuel Poverty Causes 2,700 Deaths Each Year In England

"Fuel Poverty" caused by rising energy prices could lead to thousands of deaths in England this winter, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Senior Woman Warming Hands By Fire At Home

Energy prices are already under close scrutiny, after figures released by Ofgem, the regulator, showed that the profits per customer made by the six largest energy companies in the country had increased by more than 700 per cent since June. The prime minister held a summit with providers and consumer groups on Monday.

Under current definitions, a household suffers from fuel poverty if it spends more than 10 per cent of its income on heating.

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