UK Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty is defined in the UK as a household spending more then 10% of their income on energy bills. Figures vary, but all of them are alarmingly high and show signs of increase – a recent government report estimates that 8 million people were in Fuel Poverty in 2009 and that the number will rise to 9 million by 2016. In extreme cases, people go without heat and even light for fear of increasing already enormous debts. At best an incredible strain on household finances, at worst a burden on one’s physical and mental health, Fuel Poverty is a first-world example of energy’s rising costs trapping people in an endless cycle of poverty.