Soaring energy prices mean almost one in four adults in UK will not switch on Heating in general this winter, according to a survey, with Opposition MPs described the findings as “national scandal”.
Study of more over 2,000 British adults found 23% would do without heating over winter months. This number was even higher for parents with children younger than age of eighteen, with 27% said they would be forced to leave their radiators cold.
About 70% said they would turn off their heating on less, and 11% said they were considering adopting out credit to cover additional expenses. this figure rose to 17%. for those with children.
The survey was conducted before Ofgem regulator announced energy price the cap will increase by 80% from October. decision the average gas and electricity bill will increase from 1971 to £3,549 a year. year.
liberal democrats, who ordered a poll for further obligations of incoming tories prime minister, whom many expected to be Liz Truss, to help struggling households.
“Families and retirees across the country are making heartbreaking decisions because the government It has failed to save them,” said a spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. for Cabinet Office, Christine Jardine.
“It national the scandal that parents have to choose between heating homes and feeding them children,” she said. “It shouldn’t be like this is. Great Britain on edge of the worst cost of living crisis in a century and yet Liz Truss and [rival leadership candidate] Rishi Sunak won’t give up energy price rise”.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for additional contingency tax on oil and gas companies partially finance price the cap is frozen.
Labor has also apply pressure on candidates for the leadership of the Conservatives, calling for current contingency tax introduced in Let Sunak, then chancellor, be tougher by removing option claim a tax deduction on more than 90% of fee, if money reinvested.
However, both Sunak and Truss have so far refused to consider extending the 25 percent tax on energy profits introduced after the price spike. in wholesale prices due invasion of Ukraine and Russia decision to reduce gas export.
representative for department for Business, energy and industrial strategy said straight support targeted at low-income households, pensioners and those with disability will ‘continue to reach people’s pockets in weeks and months ahead.
“as part of of our £37 billion package of help for households, one in four of all UK households will receive an additional £1,200 support provided in installment in a year and everyone will receive a £400 discount on their electricity bills over Winter, they said.
“Public service is also make appropriate preparations in order ensure that any additional support or obligations on cost of life can be delivered as fast as possible when new prime minister is in place”.
The survey was conducted by the organization market research Savanta ComRes.