Matthew Cole, Head of Fuel Bank Foundation, said:
“Today’s Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity by the Government to take decisive action on tackling fuel poverty in the UK.
“The measures announced by the Chancellor to support low-income households fell some way short of what is needed to prevent more homes from falling into fuel crisis, both in the short and long-term.
“Whilst we welcome the increase in benefits in line with inflation – something Fuel Bank Foundation has been calling for – and the raising of Local Housing Rates, which will help 1.6 million low-income households, the statement lacked any specific financial support for energy bills. There was also no mention of support for homes off the gas grid in remote and rural communities that rely on unregulated fuels.