Fuel prices are outstripping the incomes of Britain’s poor according to energywatch, the independent gas and electricity watchdog—it’s a ‘wrecking ball’ that is destroying Government attempts to meet its poverty targets.
Many poor households (especially the elderly) use prepayment meters. An energywatch report reckons that they are paying an average of £195 (about $400) extra each year for their gas and electricity compared to the best available deals.
My rough calculation is that this is equivalent to one month’s food bill for someone subsisting on the state pension. In the worst case the gap between prepayment customers and internet customers in some UK regions is £304 (about $600). The poor pay one third more for the same energy. Around 4 million UK households live in fuel poverty. With winter now underway many will be wondering how to keep warm until spring.