"Green" energy policies impoverishing Britons

“Official figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) showed the number of fuel poor in the UK have doubled from 2 million in 2004 to 4 million in 2007. During the same period domestic energy prices rose by up to 80 per cent.

Households that are forced to spend more than 10 per cent of income on energy bills are considered “fuel poor”.

DECC estimated that the number of fuel poor in England alone will rise from 2.8 million in 2007 to 4.6 million in 2009.

Watchdogs Consumer Focus said if the increase is applied to the UK, the total number of households in fuel poverty in the UK could be as high as 6.6 million this year. The Government’s own advisers the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group said the total could reach 7 million within 18 months.

Charles Hendry, energy spokesman for the Conservatives, said the number equated to one in four homes.

“High energy bills are a serious problem for millions struggling with the consequences of Gordon Brown’s recession. The number of people living in fuel poverty has tripled in the last five years, yet warm words are all Ministers have offered the millions of families who are falling into debt to heat their homes,” he said.” “One in four households will be pushed into fuel poverty this year fear campaigners

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