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A new report has claimed that one-quarter of mums have had to make a desperate choice between heating or food as a result of increased energy bills.

The survey conducted by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign also revealed that eight in ten families have been forced to ration their heating.

Furthermore, some nine out of ten of those surveyed who admitted to having to ration their energy, also confessed that they had to compensate for this by wearing extra layers of clothes. Around 56% turn off the heating all together once their children leave the house and 45% wrap up in a duvet or blanket to keep warm during the day.

This latest piece of research shows that, despite the introduction of policies such as the Warm Home Discount Scheme - designed to help cut energy bills of the most needy - more and more homes are still currently having to cut down on heating costs for funds to use elsewhere.

Conducted by the Energy Bill Revolution, a movement consisting of various charities, environment groups, consumer groups and many other groups committed to ensuring 'warm homes and lower bills for all', the poll asked 1,000 members of the parenting website Netmums for their opinions on their domestic energy bills. Around 88% confirmed that their families were more worried about this year's energy bill than last year's.

This latest survey follows research from The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group which revealed rising energy prices could put up to 300,000 more homes into fuel poverty over the winter period.

Last year, five of the six 'Big Six' energy firms raised their energy bills, with only E.On sticking to a promise of keeping its prices the same. However, last month E.On also confirmed it would raise its prices on January 18.

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