Britons are increasingly worried about the impact high gas and electricity bills are having on their finances, new figures show.
Data from the Money Advice Trust revealed that, since 2007, the National Debtline has witnessed an increase of 181 per cent in calls from people with fuel debts.
In the last 12 months alone, the charity has dealt with ten per cent more calls from consumers worried about their energy costs.
Joanna Elson, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, said: "Fuel debts have now become a major part of our debt landscape and are one of the fastest growing problems we have witnessed at National Debtline.
"As consumers we have to pay close attention to how much gas or electricity we use and whether or not we have the right tariff, not always an easy decision."
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