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40% of Brits are worried about winter bills

Almost four in ten Brits are worried about the cost of their winter fuel bills, a new study has revealed.

The survey, which was carried out by BBC Radio 5 Live and ComRes, found that 38 per cent are concerned about heating their homes when temperatures fall later this year.

It also found that 63 per cent of households are planning to cut down one the amount of energy they use.

Some 25 per cent also stated that they put up with unacceptably cold conditions in their homes last winter because they were could not afford hefty bills.

Caroline Flint, Labour's shadow energy minister, told the radio station that thousands of people are suffering because the coalition has been poor in its attempts to tackle the problem.

"This is yet more evidence that David Cameron’s failure to get tough with the energy giants has pushed millions of vulnerable households even deeper into fuel poverty," she said.

Earlier this year, the website said installing insulation is the "single most effective way of slashing bills".

Posted by Paul Taylor