Millions of Brits can’t afford heat and electricity – research

Must read

REVIEW: Texas Cowboy Sweetheart by Rebecca Crowley

JayneB Reviews / Book ReviewsContemporary / dysfunctional family / educational achievement / family relationships / friends become lovers / Jewish characters / rancher /...

REVIEW: How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi edited by Chris Balakrishnan and Matt Wasowski

JayneB Reviews / B- Reviews / Book Reviewsengineer / Essays / mathematics / non-fiction / science / STEM / technology3 CommentsIn the vein of...

EU punishes Chinese companies

The European Union has placed tighter trade restrictions on Chinese companies that it claims are supporting Russia, the European Council said in a press...

Total household energy debt in the UK has reached nearly $3.8 billion and continues to grow, according to Citizens Advice

More than 1.4 million people in the UK have been disconnected from the energy grid since November as consumers struggle to pay their bills this winter, according to new research by state-funded Citizens Advice.

Published on Tuesday, the study shows that over 3 million people have been cut off from energy in the last year because they could not afford to top up their prepayment meter. The average energy debt had increased to £1,835 ($2,332) by the end of 2023, up from £1,579 a year earlier. As the total energy debt pile – currently at £2.9 billion – continues to rise, it is weighing down millions of consumers and risks becoming unsustainable for the sector, the researchers warned.

Data shows that over 5 million people live in homes with an energy debt, and are at greater risk as a result of actions to reduce costs, including turning off the heating or skipping meals.

“The rest of winter looks set to be even worse, with prices rising 5% this month and colder weather seeing typical household energy usage reach its highest point,” Citizens Advice wrote. “We estimate that over 2 million people will disconnect because they can’t afford to top up by the end of winter.” 

The report comes as the energy price cap in Britain has risen this month. With the situation predicted to ease somewhat from April, bills will still be 40% higher than they were in 2021, Citizens Advice wrote. “We risk an annual winter crisis unless action is taken to help those struggling most,” the report warned.

For more stories on economy & finance visit RT’s business section

More articles

Latest article

REVIEW: Texas Cowboy Sweetheart by Rebecca Crowley

JayneB Reviews / Book ReviewsContemporary / dysfunctional family / educational achievement / family relationships / friends become lovers / Jewish characters / rancher /...

REVIEW: How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi edited by Chris Balakrishnan and Matt Wasowski

JayneB Reviews / B- Reviews / Book Reviewsengineer / Essays / mathematics / non-fiction / science / STEM / technology3 CommentsIn the vein of...

EU punishes Chinese companies

The European Union has placed tighter trade restrictions on Chinese companies that it claims are supporting Russia, the European Council said in a press...