A third of Scots households are unable to keep their homes warm, according to Scottish government figures.
In 2009, about 770,000 homes were said to be in fuel poverty, spending over 10% of income on heating, compared with 618,000 in 2008 and 293,000 in 2002. The figures from the Scottish House Condition Survey also indicated that the number of households in "extreme fuel poverty" had risen from 3% in 2002 to 10% in 2009.
Charities claim that the governement target to effectively abolish fuel poverty by 2016 is not likely to be achieved if current trends continue.
(A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if it would be required to spend more than 10% of its income to adequately heat its home, and in extreme fuel poverty if it would have to spend more than 20%.)
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