'Fuel poverty' surges in UK on rising prices

Growing numbers of Britons are struggling to pay their fuel bills as energy companies hike costs.

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    Energy prices in the UK have increased by 20 per cent in 2011 as the wholesale cost of fuel has gone up.

    This has forced an increasing number of homes into "fuel poverty", which is currently defined as spending more than 10 per cent of household income on fuel.

    The number of homes technically in fuel poverty has gone up almost five-fold in the past eight years.

    Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports from Newcastle, the UK's fuel poverty capital.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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