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Undertaking a switch of energy provider might help fuel poverty-stricken families struggling with their electricity bills.

Charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland have emphasised how vital it is that these vulnerable households are better protected by government rules as they today launch their Warm Homes Campaign.

Supported by prime minister David Cameron, the not-for-profit organisations' initiative is designed to raise awareness of escalating levels of fuel poverty, promote existing support and draw attention the critical role of the forthcoming national energy efficiency drive.

It is estimated that fuel poverty affects 5.4 million households across the UK that may benefit from more research into dual fuel providers.

"We recognise the need to help the most vulnerable to keep their homes warm at an affordable cost and the vital role that civil society and local communities can play," Mr Cameron said.

Previously, Audrey Gallacher, head of energy at Consumer Focus, criticised plans by British Gas to introduce price hikes, despite high expected profits.

Posted by Anne Yevel

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