Tenants and homeowners may be trying to use less heating during the cold weather because they do not wish to incur high bills, according to Shelter.

Some 27 per cent of respondents to a survey by the organisation said that they are spending less on bills in a bid to help pay rents or mortgages.

Director of policy and campaigns at Shelter Kay Boycott said: "It's shocking to think that high housing costs are forcing people to make a choice between keeping warm and keeping a roof over their heads."

She added that the survey hints that over 1.4 million children could be living in "freezing"households because parents cannot pay bills.

Many people associate the older generation with struggles to meet energy costs, but this research shows that assumptions may be incorrect, Ms Boycott noted.

The Met Office has today stated that ice may now be a hazard to areas that have suffered from snow fall this week.

It advised that temperatures could hit lows of minus eight degrees Celsius.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19543481-ADNFCR

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