Fuel Poverty Advisory Group for England tenth annual report: 2011-12

Document type
Annual
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Fuel Poverty Advisory Group
Publisher
Fuel Poverty Advisory Group
Date of publication
1 December 2012
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The latest round of energy price rises has increased the average annual energy bill by around 7 per cent, to £1,247 for direct debit customers and £1,336 for cash and cheque customers. This increase is likely to have pushed a further 300,000 households into fuel poverty.1 Estimates have also already shown that over 9 million households could be in fuel poverty by 2016.2 In its 2011-2012 annual report FPAG is warning that Government action to date is completely inadequate to tackle the scale of the problem. It is also concerned that Government moves to soften the blow of additional environmental costs on industrial energy users, without measures to help the fuel poor is unfair to the customers who will be hardest hit by rising energy prices.

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