From The BBC:
Almost a quarter of the population will be pushed into fuel poverty by the end of next year, a report has suggested.
By the end of 2009, 5.7 million UK households will be spending at least 10% of their income on energy bills, the National Housing Federation said.
Average household electricity bills are expected to increase to more than £500 per year by 2010, and gas bills to around £900.
The government said it was doing a great deal to help reduce fuel bills.
The National Housing Federation research, entitled Energy Prices and Debt, said low income households would be worst hit by increases to pre-payment schemes.
The number of families in fuel poverty – defined as when more than 10% of household income is spent on fuel bills – has increased by 100% since 2005.
Around 5.7 million people will spend 10% of their annual income on energy bills by 2009, compared with around 3.8 million in 2007 and 2.4 million in 2005, the report said.
The average energy bill is set to climb to £1…