Homeowners looking to switch gas and electricity suppliers may be please to hear that the government has been urged to tackle high prices.
The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG) said the scale of fuel poverty has increased dramatically over the past five years and a strategy is needed to help the estimated four million households in England currently having to allocate more than ten per cent of their salaries towards energy bills.
Under a previous government pledge, fuel poverty is supposed to be eradicated by 2016, but this target is unlikely to be reached without major changes.
Derek Lickorish, chairman of FPAG, said: "A thorough strategy, with decisive action on social tariffs and energy efficiency, is needed from the government to help lift the poorest households out of fuel poverty."
Energy efficiency has been promoted as one of the best ways to tackle costs in both homes and businesses, and the government recently pledged to insulate every UK property in the coming years.
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