'Fuel poverty' surges in UK on rising prices

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

    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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.