Two out of five families in ‘fuel poverty’

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TWO-FIFTHS of families in Britain are either living in “fuel poverty” or in danger of tipping over the edge, new research suggests.

Some 21 per cent of households who took part in Legal & General’s MoneyMood survey said they are spending more than 10 per cent of their income on gas and electricity bills, meaning they are classed as being in fuel poverty.

Meanwhile, a further 19 per cent of those surveyed said they are almost paying this proportion of their income, suggesting a small increase
in costs is likely to send 
many more homes into fuel poverty this winter, the study said.