Millions 'to cut back on heating this winter'

Current Government plans for energy efficiency schemes are inadequate to deal with the scale of the fuel poverty problem.

Millions of older people, families and people with disabilities will be left living in cold homes and struggling to afford their bills unless extra measures are taken.

A much more ambitious energy efficiency programme is vital. Not only could this slash fuel poverty levels, it would also create economic growth, create thousands of jobs and cut carbon emissions.

– Mike O'Connor, chief executive of Consumer Focus

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£12 bill rise for energy upgrade

Ofgem has announced that bills are set to rise by an average of £12 a year to pay for a £24bn network upgrade. 300,000 more homes are likely to have been pushed into "fuel poverty" by Christmas, a campaign group has warned.