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High energy prices mean millions of children live in miserably cold homes

Millions of parents are struggling to afford everyday family costs including household bills. More than a fifth of parents in the UK say that they and their children wear extra layers in the house so they can avoid using the heating, according to our research. 15 per cent even admitted to having taken their child out to a free venue, such as local community centre or library, to keep them warm. With energy prices having doubled in a decade, it appears that millions of children live in miserably cold homes in the UK and many get sick as a result.

As four in ten parents have come forward as worried about how they will afford to keep their children warm in the face of rising living costs such as energy bills, we say it’s time for the energy companies to take action. Further cuts of up to 5% across the board should be possible from every major supplier on their standard tariffs to reflect the collapse in wholesale prices over the past few years. If these cuts happened it would be a welcome relief for struggling parents.

We also encourage parents to take the power into their own hands to cut basic costs where they can. Switching energy can save a household as much as £405 per year in a few minutes, just as careful shopping can put wholesome food on the table for a fraction of the cost of a ready meal.

Created: 25th May 2015, Last Modified: 7th Dec 2018, Switchomatic

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