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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.

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Govt 'doing everything' it can to tackle fuel poverty

The Government is "doing everything within its power" to combat fuel poverty, according to a spokesperson for the department of Energy and Climate Change

The spokesman claimed the Energy Companies Obligation scheme, extra funds for energy efficiency programmes and the winter fuel allowance would help those who could not afford to heat their homes.

The Government is doing everything within its power to help hard-pressed families keep their energy bills down.

In December, we announced plans that will save customers around £50 on their energy bills, protecting support through the Energy Companies Obligation scheme for vulnerable households, extending the scheme for an extra two years and making an additional £450 million available to make Britain's homes more energy efficient.

– A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman

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