Research to discover the extent of “fuel poverty“ on the island needs to be carried out as a matter of urgency, according to a charity.

Family Centre spoke out after electricity provider Belco announced a hike in the price of fuel, which kicked in this month. The increase to the Fuel Adjustment Rate could see bills rocketing by more than 20 per cent.

Sandy De Silva, the executive director of the charity, said that the island needed to take “a more honest and deliberate look” at how residents were surviving through the cost-of-living crisis.