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Fuel Poverty

An increase in fuel poverty

Every winter there is pressure on households to keep their homes warm and the lights on. This year the increased pressure is pushing many people into fuel poverty who have previously not struggled. There are mounting calls for the government to deliver lasting support to keep people warm over winter.

How can we tackle fuel poverty?

Those that are still using prepaid meters are paying significantly more than those who pay their bill via direct debits, leaving the poorest households paying more than those that are more well off. This only compounds the problem and pushes even more people into fuel poverty. Linked to our Net Zero and Housing Quality tasks, the housing sector needs to provide better insulated homes and more efficient household appliances to bring down heating and electricity bills for some of the poorest in society.

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