Help at hand for those concerned

Whilst it is encouraging that the latest figures show an overall drop in the number of fuel poor households, it is unacceptable that there are still over two million households across England living in fuel poverty.

Furthermore, we are concerned that people struggling with their energy costs now face an average gap of £438 between their bills and what they can afford to pay – a staggering increase of £200 over the last decade.

It’s also concerning that disability benefits are still being counted as income when calculating fuel poverty, despite previous recommendations for them to be excluded. Disability benefits are designed to cover the extra costs of disability and to help disabled people achieve the same standard of living as those without disabilities.

We urge anyone who is worried about their situation to visit where they can check what welfare benefits and charitable grants they may be entitled to, and find further information to help with their energy costs.”

Emma Aldridge