4.5m 'living in fuel poverty' in UK warn experts

An estimated 4.5 million UK homes are living in fuel poverty and the Government is not doing enough to tackle the crisis, according to a report.

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National Energy Action called on the Government to do more to make energy efficiency programmes available to the poorest households. Credit: PA

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The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor (FPM) those living in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were more likely to struggle with fuel poverty but they also had greater access to energy efficiency measures.

The average investment on energy efficiency programmes for low income households in England was just £3.52 per electricity customer, compared to £36.48 in Scotland, £31.31 in Wales and £27.55 in Northern Ireland, the report stated.

Homes eligible for assistance with insulation and other energy saving costs were not receiving it because the measures were too costly or potential customers were being asked for a contribution they could not afford, FPM said.

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4.5m homes 'facing fuel poverty'

Around 4.5 million homes struggle to pay their fuel bills and need more help from the Government, according to a report. The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor said energy efficiency programmes had not helped enough low income families in England.