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Around six million households plan to cut back on heating this winter as millions of pounds of Government help for those on low incomes goes unclaimed, consumer groups said.

Nearly four out of 10 households (39 per cent) are worried about affording their energy bills this winter, and 70 per cent of those, or six million households across England, plan to cut back on heating, a survey for the Consumer Focus watchdog found.

But millions of pounds available through the Government’s Warm Front scheme to help the poorest households with insulation and cutting bills is being left unclaimed, Consumer Focus, Citizens Advice, Age UK and the National Children’s Bureau said.

Today we ask: Will you cut back on heating this winter due to rising fuel bills?