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Newham families worst affected in London by fuel poverty

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 November 2017

Some people may be forced to switch off their heating this winter for financial reasons, a charity has warned.

Some people may be forced to switch off their heating this winter for financial reasons, a charity has warned.

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There are more families living in fuel poverty in Newham than in any other London borough, research out today has revealed.

Newham families are the worst hit by fuel poverty. Picture credit: PANewham families are the worst hit by fuel poverty. Picture credit: PA

National Energy Action (NEA) says an estimated 16,195 Newham households, or 15.7 per cent, will not be able to afford the most basic essentials - including energy - this winter.

The charity said those affected face an income shortfall of £778 per month, adding up to £9,331 per year.

Peter Smith, NEA director of policy and research, said the stark data “highlights the scale of the impossible choices” that families would be facing this winter.

He said: “We aren’t talking about needing to cut down on a few luxuries, we’re seeing people switch off the heating for the whole winter and kids only eating one meal a day.

“We know others are adopting unsafe behaviours in an attempt to keep warm, withdrawing entirely from society or building up bigger and bigger debt problems.”


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