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In 2000, fuel poverty affected 3 million households in the UK and 2.2 million of these were vulnerable households.

Fuel poverty is defined as the need to spend more than 10% of the household's income to heat the dwelling to a satisfactory level.
Vulnerable households (amongst those affected by fuel poverty) are those where the elderly, children or chronically sick or disabled people live.

Main reason behind fuel poverty is a combination of poor energy efficiency in the home and low incomes. 
Government measures to tackle it combine a programme to improve energy efficiency in these households and fuel bills relieve measures.  For England the target is to end fuel poverty in vulnerable households by 2010.

Check the Fuel Poverty Indicator in your area on the Centre for Sustainable Energy website.