An new interactive map has revealed that many people in the Louth area are in ‘fuel poverty’.
According to research carried out by Turn2us, people around Louth are spending on average between 10 per cent and 13 per cent of their household income on fuel bills.
‘Fuel poverty’ is defined as where a household is spending more than 10 per cent of its income on fuel.
And more worryingly, households out towards North Somercotes are spending an average 35 per cent of their incomes on fuel bills.
As this winter’s energy price rises increase the average energy bill by seven per cent, results from the interactive online map found that over two-thirds (69 per cent) of UK households are living in fuel poverty.
The ‘fuel poverty rate’ is plotted on to the UK map to give a visual picture of the situation up and down the country.
Since its launch, over 2,800 people have completed the map. Of these, nearly one in four (24 per cent) are spending between 10-20 per cent of their household income on gas and electricity, almost a quarter (24 per cent) are spending between 20-30 per cent, and worryingly, over one in five (21 per cent) are spending 30 per cent or more.
Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us said: “We have seen a huge rise, compared to last year, in the number of people visiting our fuel poverty website to complete the map and look for financial help, and we are hearing some very distressing stories from those who are being hit hardest.
“With further energy price rises, combined with the increased costs of other basic life essentials and for some, falling incomes, it is inevitable that growing numbers of households will be affected.
“Over half of those who are shown on our map to be in fuel poverty have gone on to access at least one of our tools for help.
“Whilst this is encouraging, we urge others in a similar situation to do the same, and check if they are eligible for any support to help them through this winter.”
Turn2us’ fuel poverty map is live throughout the winter. For more information, to find financial support and to contribute to the map, please click here.