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Informal carers' energy bills are on average £176 higher than other bill payers and almost four in 10 struggle to pay them, a survey suggests. Some 38% of informal carers - those who give regular, ongoing help to another person without payment - have struggled to pay their energy bills…
The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
Around 140,000 British households have been left without gas or electricity in the last year because they cannot afford to top up their prepayment energy meter, a charity has found. Citizens Advice said the vast majority of these households - around 120,000 - included people who could be vulnerable, such…
Legislation designed to cap energy prices for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill would allow Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, with the option to extend the cap annually until 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May said that…
The energy industry is to investigate how it can improve its standards of care and support for vulnerable customers. Trade association Energy UK has launched a new independently-chaired commission which will hold hearings across the UK over the coming months to hear from consumer, elderly, disability and mental health groups…
The number of households in fuel poverty fell by almost 100,000 last year. Official statistics show a drop from 748,000 in 2015 to 649,000 in 2016. Almost two-thirds of the reduction was attributed to lower energy prices. Campaigners said the fall was welcome news but the number of fuel-poor households…
Vulnerable households across the UK are set to fork out an extra £400 million to UK energy firms after failing to gain assistance through an extended price cap, a new report shows. Ofgem data compiled by energy provider Bulb found that while the energy watchdog's prepayment price cap was extended…
Scotland is taking a "bolder and more focused" approach to tackling fuel poverty, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said. The Scottish Government missed its target to eradicate the problem by 2016, with ministers now looking to set new goals to reduce it. A new consultation is being launched, with Mr Stewart…
Dozens of organisations have signed a letter calling on Scotland's political leaders to "urgently scale up" action to tackle poverty. In the open letter to party leaders, 37 organisations said there has been a failure to adequately address economic inequality, with one in five people in the country living in…
Holyrood's four opposition parties have united in a bid to force the Scottish Government to take tougher action on fuel poverty. Tory housing spokesman Graham Simpson, Labour's Alex Rowley, who speaks on communities, Green energy spokesman Mark Ruskell and his Liberal Democrat counterpart Liam McArthur have sent a joint letter…
Almost one in four people over the age of 65 are struggling financially, showing there is no end to "pensioner poverty", a new report claims. Age UK said despite so many older people having money problems, around £3.5 billion in financial help was going unclaimed every year in benefits, including…
Conservative plans to means-test the winter fuel allowance for pensioners could lead to almost 4,000 more deaths this winter, Labour has claimed. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Tory programme - including scrapping the pensions "triple lock" and changes to social care - represented "the single biggest attack on pensioners…
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