Sharp rise in fuel poverty reported

Posted on 15 July 2011

Older people may increasingly opt for paying for care, after new figures demonstrated a dramatic rise in fuel poverty - an issue that predominantly affects the elderly.

Figures released by the Department Energy Climate Change revealed that the number of fuel poor households has increased to 5.5 million for 2009, with a rise of 1 million since 2008.

Moreover, just under half of all households in fuel poverty contain one person aged 60 or over.

Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, commented that research showed that many older people are being forced to choose between eating and heating in their homes, causing illness and even deaths.

"These figures should send a clear warning to government that it is losing the war against fuel poverty and action must be urgently taken to prevent another similar increase next year," she continued.

Meanwhile, research conducted by moneysupermarket.com found that two-thirds of energy customers are worried about how they will pay their bills.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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