How to alleviate rising fuel poverty


Fuel poverty numbers are rising. If you spend more than 10% of your income on gas, electricity or heating oil the you are officially classed as being in fuel poverty. The Government imposed an obligation on itself to abolish fuel poverty. In 1996 there were 6.5 million households in fuel poverty. Those numbers declined to about 2 million in 2003 and 2004, due to two main reasons; first and foremost energy prices declined over that period while incomes marginally rose in real terms. Secondly, the government committed tax payers’ funds to measures to alleviate fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is now on the rise with nearly six million households threatened with falling into fuel poverty by the end of next year, despite all the measures that have been introduced. Continue reading