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Fuel poverty 'will rise slightly'

The Department for Energy and Climate Change has projected that the number of families in fuel poverty will "increase marginally" over the course of this year.

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Government to reveal number of fuel poor families

A change in the definition of fuel poverty is expected to lead to a drop in the number of fuel poor families Credit: Berliner Verlag/Archiv/DPA/Press Association Images

The Department for Energy and Climate Change will today release the latest figures for the number of families in fuel poverty.

But the figures are expected to show a drop in fuel poverty due to a change in definition by the department last month.

The new data will include the confirmed figures for 2011 and projections up to 2013.

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