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Concerns as bills set to top £3,600 by New Year

 

New research has warned that the stark increase could be just months away. 

A forecast of household bills has warned that massive increases in monthly costs could be on the way over winter, with charities warning of the growing financial pressure. 

Consultancy firm Cornwall Insight have said the typical gas and electricity bill in England, Wales and Scotland could reach £3,615 in the new year. 

This latest forecast is hundreds of pounds more than previous predictions.

Those supporting families and households have called for fresh support for families and others being increasingly stretched. 

Citizens Advice Scotland social justice spokesperson, Stephanie Millar, said: “This would be a hammer blow to people already seeing their budgets stretched to breaking point, and underlines that the cost of living crisis isn’t going anywhere.

“There is a real risk of a lasting legacy of poverty, debt and destitution following this crisis. People are going to be feeling the effects of it for years to come, having been swept up in a tsunami of rising prices and falling incomes.

“The most important thing people can do is seek advice. The Citizens Advice network offers free, impartial and confidential advice and we get real results for people - on average those who see a financial gain through our advice are over £4,400 better off. We’re for everyone regardless of background and circumstance and we don’t judge, we just help.”

 

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Duncan Mclean
15 days ago

£3183.72 a year is an under 25's universal credit. That's not enough to pay a typical gas and electricity bill. They "will" starve. Literally. On their own they are dead. That's victorian era. £4018.92 over 25's. Leaving £835.20. That's £16 a week for food. Don't we think there is enough now of this hurting those out of work to make Tory voters feel good? Why would it bring pleasure to a Tory (anyone) if someone (a countryman) is surviving on £16 a week for food? The Tories have lost it. Tories are entering really dark territory of taking pleasure in pain. No one is arguing not to work but circumstance does not allow everyone to work all the time. So why be so harsh about it? Must be a kink for Tory voters.