Urgent fuel poverty action needed to save lives. The UK must tackle fuel poverty with the same urgency that has propelled scientists into delivering COVID-19 vaccines at an unprecedented rate if thousands of people are to be saved from dying of cold this winter, energy campaigners say. The call comes as the nation suffers the first blast of a winter that experts at Energy Action Scotland predict will claim at least six lives a day this winter amid a stark warning of a dramatic jump in the numbers of those facing the breadline because of COVID-19 to come. Frazer Scott, chief executive of EAS, revealed Scotland may suffer a surge of over 100,000 families becoming fuel poor on top of the 613,000 already known to be suffering – potentially leaving 30% of the nation out in the cold.
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