Sharon McDougall - 2nd March 2022 - 2 minutes to read
More than eight out of 10 adults living in Scotland are worried about their rising energy bills, according to a new piece of research.
Polling by YouGov shows that 84 per cent of Scots are worried to some extent by their increased energy bill outgoings, while 49 per cent say they are very concerned by the same situation.
Estimates suggest that the average household will need to spend an extra £350 to cover their energy bills this year as compared to 2021.
Schemes have been launched by both the Scottish and UK governments to help offset the potential damage done by sharply increased energy bills but there is widespread concern that those efforts will not be enough for a lot of people.
The charity Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) commissioned YouGov to survey the sentiment among Scots about rising energy bills and is urging anyone in serious financial difficulty to get third party help if they need it.
“This cost of living crisis threatens to squeeze household budgets to breaking point, and bluntly the scale of support from policymakers isn’t going to help enough,” said Kate Morrison, CAS’ fair market spokesperson.
“People were already struggling before the rise, with around half a million people in Scotland having to cut back on food to deal with unaffordable bills,” she added.
Ms Morrison noted as well that even if households are able to access all the financial support available to them to help cover their energy costs they will still be faced with much bigger bills this year.
“Most people will still be facing bills of around £350 a year more even if the support schemes reach everyone effectively, clearly for many that simply remains too much and as this is an average figure for some it could be much higher,” she explained.
The CAS has said previously that it expects to see a sharp rise in the numbers of people struggling with debts in the coming months, with rising energy bills likely to be among the main drivers of acute financial difficulty in Scotland and across the UK.
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