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Winter energy bills worry 38% of Brits

More than a third of residents in the UK say they are concerned about how they will pay for their energy bills this winter

energy billAccording to a BBC Radio 5 Live survey, carried out by ComRes, 38% of people are worried about meeting the cost of gas and energy when the weather turns colder.

As a result of these concerns, 63% of Brits have decided to cut their energy usage to make sure they are not hit with charges that could cause them financial problems later in the year.

In addition, some 25% have already put up with what were deemed unacceptably cold temperatures at home this year because they were struggling to pay their bills.

The government ‘must tackle major providers’

While Westminster said it is doing all it can to tackle the challenges presented by fuel poverty, the Labour party insisted the issue has worsened since the coalition came to power.

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint told BBC Radio 5 Live that the public sentiment illustrated in the survey showed how poor the government’s efforts have been.

“This is yet more evidence that David Cameron’s failure to get tough with the energy giants has pushed millions of vulnerable households even deeper into fuel poverty,” she said.

The survey revealed that the worst affected areas in terms of fuel poverty are the north-west, Yorkshire and the Humber and Northern Ireland, as well as the West Midlands.

Brits would back a nationalised big six

The continuous rise of bills across the UK has led to consumers seeking solutions to keeping bills low, and 69% of those who were questioned said they would like to see the big six nationalised. In theory, this could result in prices becoming much lower.

The survey also looked at the attitude towards renewable energy in the UK, and while many support eco-friendly ventures, many said they would back any measures that help reduce bills.

Of the 1,035 people surveyed, 84% said they would welcome solar panels being installed in their area if it would bring down what they pay.

However, 67% would support the building of coal, oil and gas stations if it meant that their charges for gas and electricity were generally lower.

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