60,000 Leeds residents in the grip of fuel poverty

FUEL POVERTY: People are having to make the bleak choice between heating or eating.

FUEL POVERTY: People are having to make the bleak choice between heating or eating.

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Soaring energy prices are expected to plunge a further 2,000 households in Leeds into fuel poverty this winter – taking the total across the city to around 60,000.

Almost half of those affected are over 60, with experts predicting around 24,000 Leeds pensioners will struggle to heat their properties and more than 27 people across Yorkshire and the Humber will die EVERY DAY from illnesses caused by being too cold in their own homes.

The harsh reality of fuel poverty here in Leeds is that tens of thousands of people will be forced to spend more than 10 per cent of their income just to keep warm – with many facing the bleak choice between heating or eating.

 

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