Energy price cap: Pensioner says increase is a 'disgrace'
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Today, it was announced the price cap would rise to £3,549 per year from October in a blow for millions across the country. Jonathan Brearely, CEO of Ofgem, said the regulator has “no choice but to reflect cost increases in the price cap”.
However, this is unlikely to provide any relief for those who are struggling.
BBC Breakfast spoke to Jillian from Ipswich, a pensioner worried about skyrocketing energy bills.
She said: “It’s an absolute disgrace! It’s a nightmare.
“And most people cannot afford it. I think of families.
“I’m a pensioner and I’ve got to struggle. And then to put it up again in January? They are really twisting the knife.”
Jillian was then asked about the measures she would have to take given the rising prices.
She explained: “I don’t know if I can afford it.
“I’m going to have to turn my heating down, and wear a coat indoors. You shouldn’t have to wear a coat indoors!
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“Radiators seem to give off cold when they aren’t on, so I’ll probably have to cover them over.
“I think it really is an absolute disgrace. We’re just getting over Covid and now all this?”
The Government has, this morning, signalled towards the kind of support which it is making available at this challenging time.
Nadhim Zahawi, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said “help is coming” while citing various support measures.
£400 off energy bills will be made available for all, while pensioners are set to get £300.
Regardless, some are still worried about what the future holds and whether they will be able to cope.
A young woman called Sophie also told BBC Breakfast about her struggles due to rising prices.
She added: “It’s absolutely disgusting. I live on my own and I just don’t know what to do anymore really.
“I don’t know if I can afford it. Money is coming through at the moment, but hopefully I find support.
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“I’ve had to cancel quite a few things at the moment, and I’m going to try to find support to sort it all really.”
Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, warned older Britons are set to face a “winter of despair”.
She explained: “The extortionate new energy price means that someone who lives off their state pension would have to spend more than a third of their income on energy alone.
“For others in later life with lower state pensions, the situation will be even more dire.
“This price hike is not something older people can simply endure. Millions of older people on low incomes will be forced daily to make dangerous decisions.
“For many it will no longer be a choice between heating their home or eating a meal, they will be unable to do either.
“If the Government takes no action, more people will die this winter because of fuel poverty. This would truly be a dereliction of duty and cannot be allowed to happen.”
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