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UK: Seniors and Many Families with Children are Too Poor to Heat Their Homes Thanks to Skyrocketing Energy Bills

(The same situation is happening more often here in Ontario, as various charities report that they are already out of funds for the season to help those who can’t afford their electricity bills and the Auditor General has advised that Ontarians pay billions extra, unnecessarily, for hydro.  And still, the ridiculous green agenda steamrolls on.  — DQ)

Tamara Cohen — Daily Mail — December 23, 2014

  • One in six families with children are too poor to heat their homes… forcing thousands to go cold over the winter
  • The number of families who cannot afford their energy bills has soared
    One in six families with children are officially in fuel poverty, figures reveal
  • It comes amid rocketing dual fuel bills, which hit £1,265 last year
  • On average, for those in fuel poverty, bills are £400 more than they can pay

One in six families with children are officially in fuel poverty, a new record according to the government’s own statistics.  The number of young families who cannot afford their energy bills has soared in recent years and has now surpassed one million for the first time.
This means that couples with children are now one of the most likely groups in society to be in fuel poverty.

By contrast a decade ago, when the average dual fuel bill was around half what is now in real terms, families were relatively unlikely to be struggling to pay their bills.

The average dual fuel bill last year was £1,265. But official figures show that more than 15 per cent of families with children could not afford to pay theirs.  On average, for those in fuel poverty, it was £400 more than they could afford – leaving them either rationing their energy use; going without other essentials such as food, or falling into debt.

The definition of fuel poverty is having an energy bill which is above average, plus an income which – after paying the bill – falls below the household poverty line of 60 per cent of the average wage.

Caroline Flint, Labour’s energy spokeswoman who uncovered the figures tucked away in an official report published this year, said sky-high fuel bills were causing a ‘crisis’.   Continue reading here…..

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