Fuel Bank Foundation has been inundated with requests for financial support, with 21,600 people turning to the charity for help in a single week in January – the most it has ever seen.
Fuel Bank provides fuel vouchers to households with a prepayment gas and/or electricity meter when they have run out of money and can’t afford to top it up. In 2023, the charity helped nearly 640,000 people across the UK, an 85% increase on the previous year. This year, the charity is forecasting a further 26% increase.
Matthew Cole, head of Fuel Bank Foundation, said: