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Rising bills push 500,000 more into fuel poverty | Reuters

(Reuters) - Rising gas and electricity bills have pushed half a million more people into fuel poverty, leaving them struggling to heat their houses, the government said on Thursday.

A household is said to be living in fuel poverty when 10 percent or more of its income goes on heating costs.

The figures were published less than a week before pensioners learn whether the government will cut subsidies to help them pay their fuel bills over the winter.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change's latest figures showed the numbers rose to 4.5 million in 2008, from 4 million in 2007. That equates to 18 percent of all households.

About 3.75 million of those are deemed to be "vulnerable households" where at least one person is disabled, sick, elderly or a child.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:58:13 AM EST
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