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South-west 'struggling with fuel poverty'

The south-west of England is struggling with rising fuel poverty figures, according to new statistics.

Approximately 217,000 properties in the area are finding it difficult to pay their gas and electricity bills, the Plymouth Herald reports.

More than one in ten households were classified as being fuel-poor in the city itself in 2012, while the regional proportion represents an increase of around 6,000 homes since the Department of Energy and Climate Change released its report for 2011.

However, those numbers are set to rise further by 2014, largely thanks to a jump in energy costs.

It's hoped those in need will be able to take advantage of the government's Green Deal to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes and lower their bills in the future as a result.

Under the scheme, individuals can apply for up to £6,000 in cashback to help pay for the installation of measures like solid wall insulation.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins


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