New research shows household debt has hit five-year high
BRITAIN’S energy crisis is “growing by the week,” campaigners warned today after research found that household debt has hit a five-year high of £216 as winter approaches.
The number of homes already owing money to their energy provider is up 11 per cent on last year, according to a survey by comparison website Uswitch.
Of those in arrears on their gas and electricity bills, 40 per cent say their debt is higher than last year and 28 per cent believe their position is about the same as 12 months ago.
Almost one in seven say they have gone from being in credit a year ago to owing money now.
More than half of households are worried about how they will pay their energy bills this winter and 49 per cent say they will wear extra layers of clothing at home so that they can manage with less heating.
And 25 per cent say they will not turning their heating at all, even when it is cold.
A small selection of recent UK politics news articles
- Failed at the NHS? Try again at HS2: Newly appointed director at rail project has history of ‘wasting public money’ – UK Politics – UK – The Independent
- The public sector isn’t perfect but at least it doesn’t fleece us | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Observer
- Getting documents all too easy for Snowden o The Register
Snowden used the open-source wget utility to download documents. Snowden’s success shows very poor security at NSA – my system employs better security policies.
- Armed police on mental health wards, FOI report reveals | The Voice Online
A very disturbing account of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust covering-up the death of mental health patient Olaseni Lewis on 1 October, 2012.
The report mentioned that police were called to the scene, but omitted the scale of the response which, according to details in a Freedom of Information request, included Territorial Support Group riot police and the Armed Response Unit. In total, 48 officers and two dogs attended the scene.
Human rights campaigner David Mery who made the FOI request, said he was concerned about the report’s omissions and the way in which “crucial details” were “left out.”
He said: “Normally they would make it clear that information has been blacked out. Learning that 48 police officers were deployed for this incident is incredible. What else are they not saying?”
- Youngsters bear debt burden as older generation avoids squeeze, poll shows | Money | The Guardian
- Immigration Minister Mark Harper Resigns Over Illegally Employed Cleaner