5 million could be in debt to their energy company
Being in debt to your energy company is the new credit card debt - simply everyone is doing it.
20% of the UK, in fact, could have a problem paying their astronomical energy bills, thanks to continuing cold weather and energy companies generally being lying, cheating, underhand bastards.
According to uSwitch, if the figures they received from the 2000 households they surveyed were applied of the whole of the UK, it would mean that 5 million of us are in energy debt - and the debt owing from unpaid energy bills would amount to a sizzling £637m. That’s a typical debt of £123 per household.
If uSwitch have their maths right, that’s an awful lot of people not able to meet the basic cost of living. But with the average energy bill now £100 more than it was last year, it’s hardly surprising.
StepChange, a debt advice charity, said that due to the extended winter, there was an increasing number of people seeking advice about energy bill payments, and that more and more people are struggling.
A spokesman for StepChange said: "We would urge energy firms to show forbearance and understanding at this time when many consumers are financially vulnerable.’
Yeah, right. I'm SURE they will. *coughs*