New measures to deal with fuel poverty will make no impact

When you get your next gas bill or electricity bill or have to pay at the petrol pump you will find that the money you spend will be much more than you have budgeted for. In most cases we have to grin and bear it and think about what economies we might have to make. Perhaps we will buy fewer clothes, or take a cheaper holiday or not replace that aging computer.

If you are one of the four and a half million people who spend more than a tenth of their income on energy, your choice is going to be much more limited. You are at the mercy of the markets. You probably do not have things like new clothing, holidays and computers in your budget. There is nothing to cut down on, except food and energy. Continue reading