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Calls for social tariff on UK energy bills as rises push extra half million homes into fuel poverty

With global gas prices at 16-year high, cash-strapped consumers are braced for soaring costs this winter

The government faces calls to bring in a social tariff to help struggling households pay their energy bills as soaring prices threaten to drive an extra half a million homes into fuel poverty this winter.

Some of the UK’s biggest energy companies have warned ministers that millions of bill payers will need extra help this winter as the regulator prepares to reveal one of the steepest ever hikes to the energy price cap.

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