Campaigners seek energy bill action

You are classified as being in energy poverty if you spend more than 10% of your income on it

Demonstrators are urging theGovernment to do more to help households struggling with soaring energy bills.

Campaign group Fuel Poverty Action is planning to protest outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in central London, to call on ministers to act for families facing the impossible choice between eating and heating.

Risingenergy costs have left more than six million households in the UK in fuelpoverty because they spend more than 10% of their income on heating theirhomes, the group said.

It comes after the so-called "big six" energy companies - British Gas, EDF, E.On, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE - all increased their tariffs this winter, citing rising costs of wholesale gas.