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Campaigners lose fuel poverty high court battle

Today was a big day for Friends of the Earth and Help the Aged as they went to the high court to try and force the government to honour its pledge to rid the UK of fuel poverty in vulnerable homes by 2010 and the whole of the UK by 2016. Fuel poverty is defined as a home which spends at least 10% of its monthly income on energy. So how is the government doing with its target?

In 2006 the number of homes confirmed as being in fuel poverty was a massive 3.5 million but the figure today stands at a shocking 5 million homes. At a time when the government has promised everything but delivered nothing on cost savings it seems that more and more UK homes are in danger of moving into fuel poverty. Unfortunately, a high court judge ruled that the government was not legal bound to hit its targets at 'any cost' so the move to force the government to act was defeated and the suffering of those in the UK goes on.

Help the Aged has suggested that this winter will actually see people die because they are unable to heat their properties with some having to choose whether to 'heat or eat'. What kind of a world are we really living in?

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