Over 400,000 Scottish households already struggling with energy costs – before prices rise

November 19, 2013

It’s likely that your energy provider will have recently announced its upcoming winter price hikes. As many residents in Scotland and the rest of the UK struggle to make ends meet, this will no doubt be unwelcome news.

Following announcements of planned price rises by many energy suppliers, the Debt Advisory Centre in Scotland revealed figures which show that over 400,000 Scottish households are already in energy debt. With the cost of winter and price hikes looming, this number looks certain to rise.

At the time the Debt Advisory Centre’s figures were produced, the majority of energy companies had all announced plans to increase their charges above the rate of inflation, with some exceeding 10%. Speaking on behalf of the Debt Advisory Centre, Ian Williams, said: “We have just come through a relatively warm summer, so it’s worrying that such a large number of people are already having difficulties paying their energy bills.

“As winter sets in, more people are likely to find themselves struggling to pay their gas and electricity providers, while those who are already in energy debt could find their problems getting much worse.”

The number of households currently struggling with energy bill arrears has doubled in just six months and with predictions of a tough winter on the way, more households are likely to plunge into debt as the situation deteriorates.
Member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and Labour MP for Glasgow North West, John Robertson, has called for energy companies to back up their claims that the price rise is unavoidable, by offering access to their company accounts. He said: “We want to find out what’s going on. It’s unbelievable that every time there’s a rise they all jump on it.”

Ian Williams expressed concern for older people and young children, suggesting that for many it was a case of choosing between “eating or heating” and that putting on extra layers simply might not be enough.
If your energy bills are spiralling out of control and you’re worried about how you will cope with the extra charges, call our knowledgeable advisers at Scotland Debt Solutions today. Our debt experts can offer you impartial advice on the best solution to stay in control of your finances.

John Baird

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