More people are struggling this autumn because of rising fuel prices.
First 6 months of 2009 the Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) saw a 46 per cent increase with people who had problems with fuel debts, compared to the same period last year.
The statistics may interest people considering investing in double glazing and the CAB predicted the situation will get worse as the winter months approach.
David Harker, chief executive of CAB, said: “We are already seeing large increases in the number of people in fuel debt and it is not yet winter. With fuel prices remaining at historically high levels it is essential that people get all the help that is available.”
He added that recent government initiatives such as Warm Front Grants and Cold Weather Payments will help people cope with rising fuel costs but insisted that energy companies must also try and reduce costs and assist homeowners.
Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council, recently said that more people are making changes to their property like installing UPVC windows as they attempt to get an edge in the competitive housing market.