Energy price hikes to see rise in fuel poverty?

Posted on 21 June 2011

Two thirds of energy customers are worried about how they will pay their bills, research has shown.

With fuel poverty a common problem among older people in winter, frequent price hikes in the cost of energy could see more choosing a care home.

According to the research from moneysupermarket.com, if more energy companies increase their prices, two thirds of energy customers may not be able to heat their home this winter.

In addition, a further third will be forced to cut back in order to afford gas and electricity bills.

Scott Byrom, utilities manager at the price comparison website commented: "With Scottish Power recently announcing a staggering increase to the cost of standard gas and electricity, it's only a matter of time before the other energy providers raise the cost of energy bills."

Earlier this year Age UK held a 'bobble day' to raise awareness of fuel poverty among the elderly and remember those who die as a result.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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