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Poor Families Need Help With Energy Bills

Poor Families Will Need More Help Paying Energy Bills

poor families need help with Energy billsPoor families will required additional help to pay for energy bills when the energy subsidies are increased, according to a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The committee of MPs believe by 2030 poor families will be unable to afford the additional 36p per day added to energy bills by increased green energy  subsidies.

The report also said poorer families will need help with insulation and clean energy, while energy-intensive industries may also need extra support.

The cost of the low-carbon policy set by the government could increase from between £70 – £120 in 2020 to £115 – £235 in 2030, depending on consumption.

Energy bills could begin falling in 2030 with most consumption coming from “low-carbon” sources, according to the committee.

In 2013 the cost of  low-carbon investment increased energy bills by £45 per year, while energy efficiency policies raised bills by £55, this includes new boilers and insulation.

In comparison, the cost of low-carbon policies is expected to add £175 each year to the average household by 2030.

Poor Struggling With Energy Bills

The report said 40% of the insulation measures would benefit low income households, leading to them calling for the government to invest more, rather than less.

The government has cut it’s investment into energy efficiency from £1.4bn to £800m, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

One way people could help cut future energy bills was to reduce consumption, according to the committee who did admit the government investment had been “rather generous”.

Dealing with Energy Debt

If a family are struggling with energy bills they should speak to a benefits advisor to make sure they are receiving the maximum level of support.

Debt advice could also help if someone has accrued arrears with their energy supplier and they are unable to repay it within a reasonable period of time.

If you or someone you know is struggling to pay their energy bills, call Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226.

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