Families facing fuel poverty ‘double up’ as energy crisis deepens | News

One in five households is already in fuel poverty and that number could double in October if the energy price ceiling is raised again, the boss of one of Britain’s largest energy companies warned.

Michael Lewis, the CEO of E.On, said high gas and electricity prices could continue for at least a year and a half of “unprecedented” hardship and the number of fuel-deprived households could double by the fall.

Fuel poverty is defined as spending more than 10 percent of disposable income on utility bills to maintain an adequate heat standard.

Today, a senior minister gave the clearest indication yet that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is seeking ways to impose a temporary windfall tax.

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