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Disabled people are facing high electric bills

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a ten pound note being burned on a stove Image credit: electricradiatorsdirect.co.uk

A leading charity has put ‘power’’ on highlighting the significant cost lockdown is having on people with disabilities who have seen their energy bills rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a Scope survey 45 per cent of disabled people have noticed the expensive bills, 35 per cent admit they are concerned with the affect this is having with their cost-of-living.

Around 8 per cent revealed they are going without food or confining themselves to one room so they can afford their electricity.

Out of over 1,000 disabled people in employment who took part in the study 86 per cent said they have had no contact with energy suppliers in regards to their bills.

In a bid to provide advice to those struggling to pay for their electricity Scope has launched an energy support service.

Tom Marsland, consumer affairs policy manager at Scope, said: “Spiralling energy bills are only going to turn the screw even tighter.

“We already knew before coronavirus that disabled people faced even tighter.

“We already knew before coronavirus that disabled people faced extra costs to the tune of around £583 per month, spending more on essential goods and services.

“The pandemic has only served to exacerbate the situation and has left people feeling anxious about their increasing energy bills and in the dark about how and where to get help.”

Scope is campaigning for energy providers to provide a better service for their disabled customers, speak to them about their concerns and provide support if required.

There are over 60 energy suppliers providing gas and electricity to homes in the UK.