- Advertisement -
Sunday, 25 October 2020

CHARITY TODAY AWARDS

Energy poverty on the rise new findings reveal

- Advertisement -

THE pandemic has brought widespread heartache for many people who have been directly affected by COVID-19, but the knock-on effects for those who are less fortunate than others have been financially devastating.

People in vulnerable situations are struggling to upkeep their household bills including energy and water since the pandemic took hold, with many thousands falling into ‘energy poverty’ according to the latest independent research.

A study of more than 500 people found that during the last 20 weeks, many have struggled to pay their water and energy bills and have chosen to defer payment.

Those aged between 31 and 45 have been among the hardest hit, blaming redundancy and furlough for their financial shortfall.

Among those researched, just over a quarter (37%) admitted to having no clue who to turn to for help, with 41% of respondents saying that they would phone a friend or parent to initially ask for debt advice.

Worryingly, despite the deferred payment options, 88% have not switched energy supplier with ‘I forgot about that’ being the main reason. Meanwhile, as we move out of lockdown, 10% of respondents are still concerned about meeting their energy and water charges.

Mark Abrams, chief executive of Auriga Services Ltd – an organisation that helps reduce financial hardship by working with some of the largest utility companies across the UK – said:

“Conducting the research has highlighted just how many people have been struggling with their utility bills during the pandemic and it’s worrying just how many people are facing financial hardship.

“Our aim is to help as many people as possible who are struggling to pay their bills during this challenging time and beyond so that we can become a financial lifeline for them.

“Taking ownership of being unable to pay a bill is actually the first step towards getting help and that is something we applaud. We know that financial concerns are ever-present at the moment yet there is clearly still a lot of work to be done towards educating people of how to gain the best advice and relieve some of the financial pressure points.

“The water and energy sectors have been raising awareness of the support available to customers and many have put in place additional schemes, but we all need to work harder to ensure that these messages are getting through to those in need.”

Sign up to receive full FREE access to charity news and special sector offers.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

1,373FansLike
1,834FollowersFollow
30,222FollowersFollow
1,200SubscribersSubscribe

Must Read

The Duke of Cambridge lays foundation stone for state-of-the-art cancer research and treatment facility

THE Duke of Cambridge today attended a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of building works for The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust’s Oak...

Heart Heroes celebrated by star-studded attendees at virtual charity awards event

THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) tonight celebrated inspirational ‘Heart Heroes’ who have shown courage, resilience, compassion and bravery in the face of debilitating heart...
- Advertisement -

Employment News

Samaritans announces the appointment of new CEO, Julie Bentley

THE leading suicide prevention charity in the UK and ROI has announced that Julie Bentley has been appointed as its new CEO. Julie joins Samaritans...

Kate Cooper-Owen joins Comic Relief’s top team as Creative Director

COMIC Relief has announced another exciting new appointment to their top team with Kate Cooper-Owen set to join as Creative Director. Kate will play a...

Special Olympics GB welcomes two new faces to the team

SPECIAL Olympics GB is delighted to announce the appointment of Pete Rhodes and Ben Miller to the organisation with immediate effect. Pete Rhodes takes on...

Related News

POhWER launches hat-themed fundraising appeal

UK advocacy charity, POhWER, has launched its Hats of POhWER fundraising appeal with the goal of raising £5,000 to expand its Community Advocacy offering. At...

Berkshire blind veteran to have artwork featured in military charity’s annual art exhibition

A Berkshire blind veteran is going have his artwork piece 'Safe Area - Lighthouse Entrance' featured in Blind Veterans UK's annual exhibition fundraiser this...

Adopt-A-Child: Expanding our work in Albania

OVER recent months we have had to significantly change the way we have been doing things in Albania.  Our usual feed programmes, serving a hot...

North Yorkshire disability charity to extend ‘smart learning’ thanks to National Lottery grant

DISABLED adults from across the Harrogate district will be able to join a charity's 'smart learning' programme, thanks to the National Lottery. Disability Action Yorkshire,...

New charity resilience fund to distribute £20m

THE Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a new £20 million fund to help charitable organisations in England that support those hardest hit by...
- Advertisement -
X