These increases are likely to have pushed a further 300,000 households into fuel poverty and estimates have already shown that over nine million households could be living in fuel poverty by 2016, the FPAG
chairman Derek Lickorish said, "With a cold winter, welfare reforms cutting incomes, and all at a time of austerity measures and other rising household costs, the plight of the fuel poor has never been more serious.
But FPAG relied almost entirely on foreign funding from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
At one point, it had an arrangement with PHG to refer patients seeking early terminations to FPAG, and The Ministry would reimburse FPAG for its services.
Both a major cost and a major constraint on service provision by FPAG is the doctor-based nature of its service.
According to FPAG
, the latest rises in the energy costs have pushed up the average annual energy bill by 7%, taking it to PS1,247 for direct debit customers and PS1,336 for cash and cheque customers.
More than three million households in England alone will find themselves stuck in the poverty trap by the end of the year, warns the FPAG. The UK figure could top 4.5 million.
But the FPAG condemned the government for slashing spending on the Warm Front home improvement scheme by 25 per cent between now and 2011.
UK-wide about 300,000 more homes are likely to be in fuel poverty by Christmas said the FPAG, whose report is a mix of UK-wide data and figures applying only to England.
The FPAG said that nearly half of the UK's fuel-poor households were those of pensioners, a third contained people with some sort of disability or illness, a fifth contained a child aged five or under and one in 10 housed someone aged 75 or over.
FPAG warns that while the government and energy watchdog Ofgem have made progress in tackling the crisis, the reaction has not been "strong enough".
But FPAG argues that new, cheaper prepayment meters trialled in Northern Ireland could close the gap - meaning a saving of up to pounds 60 a year on the average bill.