The report predicts that, even with the £400 fuel rebate being offered by the government, 58.5% of households will be plunged into fuel poverty in Yorkshire and the Humber, 47.5% in London and 71.7% in Northern Ireland.
People living in the poorest and coldest regions of the UK will be the worst affected along with those who are already most likely to be struggling with the cost of living.
More than 80% of large families, lone parents and pensioner couples will be in fuel poverty, the authors of the report calculate.
Co-lead author of the report Professor Jonathan Bradshaw from the Social Policy research unit at the University of York said: “This should be the main preoccupation of the Conservative leadership candidates. A new package of mitigations is urgently needed”.
The University of York - More than half of UK households to be in fuel poverty by the new year, according to new report
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