Energy suppliers should offer more competitive cheap energy deals that are not payable by direct debit or only available online in order to get more homes out of fuel poverty.
This is the suggestion from Consumer Focus in light of government figures showing 5.5 million households were in fuel poverty in 2009, with this number expected to soar as suppliers push up their prices.
Audrey Gallacher, director of energy at the consumer group, commented: "Increasing energy costs create hardship for millions of the poorest pensioners, families and disabled people, leaving many cutting back on heating or other essentials."
She added: "It is an issue which cannot be left on the backburner."
To tackle this, the government needs policies that understand the impact of high bills on people's willingness to heat their homes.
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