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Anna Jay

The Government has released statistics outlining the rising level of fuel poverty in Britain, after energy price rises have left 4.5 million in the UK living in fuel poverty since 28.

The Government has released statistics outlining the rising level of fuel poverty in Britain, after energy price rises have left 4.5 million in the UK living in fuel poverty since 28.

The Government has released statistics outlining the rising level of fuel poverty in Britain, after energy price rises have left 4.5 million in the UK living in fuel poverty since 28.

If you are in fuel poverty and struggling to keep your house warm on your budget compare energy providers to get a better rate.

There were 3.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty in 28, according to official Government statistics, continuing the upward trend of 2.8 million seen in 27.

"It's a national disgrace that over four million households are still living in fuel poverty in the 21st century," said Dave Timms, Friends of the Earth's climate campaigner.

"The freezing weather last winter should have been a wake-up call to politicians of all parties, yet the coalition has not set out a clear strategy to eliminate fuel poverty."

Mr Timms suggests improving the energy efficiency of draughty houses is a good long-term solution advocating support for implementing insulation to prevent heat being lost.

The Government has also today announced its plan to abolish quango Consumer Focus which protects the interests of people living in fuel poverty.

The average household energy bill has risen from £58 annually in 24 to £1,194 today. Price rises in 28 largely contributed to the rise when prices rocketed by 42 percent.

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If you use less or more than the average this rate may not be the best one for you, so monitor your energy consumption carefully and then use a comparison site to help you identify the providers with the best deals.

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