Families are struggling to pay energy bills

An important issue for the Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission to examine is the problems faced by households in paying their energy bills. The Turn2Us campaign on cold homes charity has surveyed 2,000 people and found that three quarters of families are struggling to heat their homes so that no one feels cold. The knock-on effects are severe. Awareness of the Warm Homes Discount is low.

How much are people struggling?

  • 78% families struggled with their energy bills in last year
  • 82% single parent families struggled in the last year
  • 85% families with a disability in the last year.

How often do energy bill struggles affect a family’s wellbeing?

  • 67% families say it frequently harms their mental wellbeing
  • 69% single parent families say it has harmed their mental wellbeing
  • 83% families with disabilities say it has harmed their wellbeing.

Are families struggling to their heat home so no one feels cold?

  • 75% families frequently struggle to heat their homes so no one feels cold
  • 78% single parent families say they struggle
  • 83% families with disabilities.

How are cold homes affecting children?

  • 75% families say it’s affecting the health of children
  • 70% families say it affects a child’s play and wellbeing
  • 53% families say cold homes are affecting school work.

Cold homes and health

  • 43% families say they have experienced ill health due to cold homes
  • 68% families with disabilities say they’ve experienced ill health.

To heat or eat

  • 61% families say they’ve had to cut back on food
  • 65% single parents have cut back on their food
  • 73% families with disabilities have cut back on their food.

Energy struggles and payday loans

  • 17% families taken out or considered taking out a loan
  • 26% families with disabilities have or considered taking out a loan.

Is there enough support for families?

  • 53% families don’t think there’s enough support
  • 63% families with disabilities think there is not enough support.

Awareness of the Warm Home Discount

  • 70% families had never heard of the Warm Home Discount

Further information about the campaign can be found at http://www.turn2us.org.uk/default.aspx

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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