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Electricity bills: 1.3 billion pounds of unpaid in the United Kingdom


The country is facing an explosion in the price of energy. Calls to stop paying are increasing.

Unpaid electricity bills in the UK have tripled over a year to reach 1.3 billion pounds, a record, a sign of the impact of the soaring cost of living on the British, according to the comparator site Uswitch.

This debt is expected to increase further as electricity rates are set to undergo further significant increases in the coming months, Uswitch said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Indeed, the British energy price regulator Ofgem is due to announce on August 26 an increase in the energy price ceiling.

It is expected to rise from 1,971 pounds a year to 3,358 pounds a year for an average household in Britain, Uswitch estimates, due to soaring energy prices.

Analysts from the specialized firm Cornwall Insight expect further increases in this ceiling in October, January and April, which could then increase it to 4,427 pounds.


It's an alarming situation

," says Justina Miltienyte, a Uswitch manager.

It calls on electricity companies to help households that are unable to pay their bills to "

find a solution, in particular to offer more affordable payment schedules

" and advises households in difficulty to call on the aid they may have. right.

Read also“Don’t Pay”: thousands of Britons no longer want to pay their energy bills

Double-digit inflation in October

In the midst of the campaign of Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the two conservative candidates for the succession of Boris Johnson in Downing Street, Justinia Miltienyte also urges the government to increase its aid to vulnerable households.

Inflation could exceed 13% in October in the United Kingdom according to the Bank of England, a record since the end of 1980, after having already reached 9.4% in June over one year, largely fueled by soaring energy prices .

An anonymous campaign called "Don't pay" has been launched with nearly 100,000 participants, demanding that energy bills be reduced to an "

affordable level

" or face a "


" in electricity bill payments at from October 1.

Source: lefigaro

All business articles on 2022-08-10

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