Energy prices are rising which is making it difficult for many individuals and families. If you are struggling please contact Citizens Advice to see what grants and benefits you may be entitled to which could help you to pay your energy bills
Energy prices and the cost of living are dominating the headlines this week. Stories of families on low incomes struggling to heat their homes saturate the media. However, the lives of disabled families in even worse situations are not being highlighted.
A BBC report from 2008 showed how up to 3 million Disabled people were potentially trapped in fuel poverty. There is still within the utility sector, the media and Government a lack of understanding of why Disabled people have proportionately larger utility bills. DR UK has taken up the issue and has written to Government as a first step.
The following email sets out the dyer position that many Disabled people find themselves in:
“There is no solution. There is no hope. I have sold things on eBay before Christmas to raise funds to buy presents. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do next. I have cancer, ME and arthritis (amongst other things) my son is autistic. It’s a nightmare.” Anon.
Dan White, Policy & Campaigns Officer says:
“Families tell us the constant use of energy is something they simply cannot avoid. Energy is essential, and the rising costs are a potential threat to health if there is no additional financial support. Measures must be taken to support the country’s most vulnerable consumers.”