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Huge Numbers of Families Struggling with Energy Debt

Huge Numbers of Families Struggling with Energy Debt

Energy companies are failing huge numbers of families struggling with energy debt, causing parents to feel intimidated and damaging children’s health, new research from The Children’s Society reveals.

Show Some Warmth: Exposing the damaging impact of energy debt on children exposes how four in 10 UK families with children who faced energy debts felt intimidated by their energy company and that nearly half (48%) of these families reported that they were not treated with respect or given the support they needed. The survey also showed that over 500,000 families with children who have faced energy debt said they were not being given an option over the amount of money they pay back each month.

The report coincides with the launch of The Children’s Society’s 'Show Some Warmth' campaign, which, as part of its ongoing Debt Trap campaign, is lifting the lid on the damaging effects that energy debt has on children’s lives.They have also produced a useful guide to help families who are facing with their energy bills - Top tips to save energy and stay warm for families

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