The number of households already in debt to their energy supplier before winter begins has grown by more than 300,000 in the past year, according to research, with a total of nearly £400m owed to power companies.
Following a round of price hikes, the amount of debt collectively owed to energy companies in the UK hit £393m in October; an increase of almost a quarter on the same time last year. Fuel poverty campaigners said the figures were a reminder of the “huge anxiety” many people faced this winter, worrying whether they could afford to turn the heating on.
Households are usually expected to be in credit by this time of year, ahead of the higher electricity and gas consumption to come in the colder months. However, research by the consumer website uSwitch found a tenth of them, 2.93 million, were in debt to their supplier; up from 2.62 million in October 2017. They owed an average of £134 each.
Here’s a link to some more information on The Guardian website.
What to do if you are struggling to pay your energy bills ?
If you’re struggling to afford your gas and electricity bills, contact your supplier to discuss ways to pay what you owe them. Energy Bills are a priority debt so finding a way to make regular payments is essential.
Your supplier has to help you come to a solution. You should try to negotiate a deal that works for both of you.
If you don’t try to negotiate with your supplier, they might threaten to disconnect your supply.
More information and usefulk advice is available on our Save and Warm page.