Consumer groups have warned that household energy bills could be set for another rise, with freezing weather forecast to last up until Easter.
Ann Robinson, of price comparison website uswitch.com, told the Times (£): “Consumers are extremely worried about what is likely to happen with their gas bills in future.
"We are now seeing an increase in the wholesale price of electricity.
"It’s pretty grim news as it now looks like there will be significant price increases in electricity and gas bills before this coming winter.”
The wintry conditions are now expected to last well into April with this month on track to become the coldest March since 1962.
A group of students from Wolverhampton who were stranded in extreme snow in Scotland for more than three days tell their story of survival.
Cold weather can pose a real health risk to older and disabled people, but everyone can gain from preparing their homes for the cold.