UK households are now facing a cost of living crisis as the energy price cap rises by more than 50%.
Average household energy bills will rise by £693 over the next year due to the sharp rise in wholesale prices.
An analysis by the Resolution Foundation found that this would double the number of English households suffering from energy poverty to 5 million. A further 2.5 million families will be exposed to ‘fuel stress’ (spending at least a tenth of household budgets on energy bills) if the price cap jumps again in October, as forecast by official forecasters.
It comes days before a National Insurance tax hike that will further strain budgets, while soaring inflation is already driving up consumer prices.
Overall, the average family will be £1,100 worse off over the next 12 months, according to the Resolution Foundation.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-01 06:46:53