Energy bill hike ‘to put more in fuel poverty’

Another 314,000 households across the UK will be in fuel poverty this winter due to the latest energy price hikes, a new study has concluded.

Another 314,000 households across the UK will be in fuel poverty this winter due to the latest energy price hikes, a new study has concluded.

Research by uSwitch has found the average seven per cent jumps in the cost of gas and electricity will add £90 to the typical bill over the season, raising the number of homes that have to spend ten per cent or more of their income on paying for fuel.

It released the figures in the wake of another major supplier, EDF Energy, unveiling an increase in both gas and electricity prices of 10.8 per cent – adding £131 to the typical annual bill.

Some of those in fuel poverty may also be struggling to pay off bills like loans or credit cards, which a debt management plan may help with as they struggle to make ends meet.

A recent study by Go Compare revealed 22 per cent of consumers are unsure how they will be able to afford to pay their energy bills over this winter.

By James Francis

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