The shock report published today by charity Turn2us shows that four out of five low income families struggle to pay their energy bills, with a massive affect on their children.
Yesterday one of the energy companies announced it is cutting its bills by 3.5%, which will give the averaged energy home use an extra £24 in their pocket, but even with the price cut a typical user will still be paying £1,145 a year. More than four fifths of low income families are cutting back on food. Research by the House of Commons Library found that the lowest 10% of households on the income scale saw their electricity bills rise by 39.7% between 2010 & 2013, compared to 7.5% for the top 10% and an average of 22.2%. Those in fuel poverty are spending more than 10% of their income on fuel.
A Tory spokesman on The Daily Politics said the £24 reduction shows that the market is working.