Shockingly but unsurprisingly we find that 92% of parents are worried about their fuel bills. These are the results of a recent reasearch project by Turn2us, a national charity working in partnership with charities and organisations across the UK for its ‘Mind the Gap’ fuel poverty campaign. Their aim is to increase awareness of the support available to those struggling in fuel poverty. Their recent research findings are worrying.
The impact fuel poverty having on family life is severe, with over two-thirds (69%) of those who struggled with their energy bills last winter experiencing stress as a result, and almost two-fifths (39%) forced to cut back on food or skip meals. Of course these are essential to well being and health so this really is a huge problem.
The survey, also found that over a fifth (22%) of families have gone in to arrears with their energy supplier and just under half (45%) have relied on the financial support of family and friends.
What can you do ?
The results showed parents could be unaware of other help available. Despite the grants and schemes offered by many energy companies, almost three-fifths (59%) are not aware that this help exists. In addition, three-quarters (75%) would not consider checking their welfare benefits entitlement if struggling with their energy costs, while 83% would not contemplate checking for support in the form of charitable grants.
In response to these ongoing problems, Turn2us’ povery campaign this year highlighting the support available to those struggling with their energy bills. The campaign, ‘Mind the Gap’, features six steps, using Turn2us’ free tools and information to help people increase their household income and manage their energy costs. These include checking welfare benefits entitlement, searching for grants and schemes to help with bills, getting help to improve energy efficiency and checking energy tariffs. Check out www.turn2us.org.uk/fuelpoverty to see what help is available.
Here’s Emma from Turn2us to tell you more