Last year’s increase in gas and electricity prices is projected to have nudged an additional 400,000 English households into fuel poverty, taking the total to 3.9 million, according to BBC News Online.
A household is in fuel poverty if more than a tenth of its income is spent on heat and power.
In 2010, 3.5 million English households were in fuel poverty, down from four million in 2009.
The beginning of 2012 saw slight cuts to energy costs, but prices are expected to rise this winter due to escalating wholesale costs.
Across the UK, 5.5 million households were in fuel poverty in 2009, dropping to 4.75 million in 2010.
“It is a major concern that so many people are struggling to afford their energy bills,” said Audrey Gallacher of Consumer Focus.
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