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25pc of Over 65’s are worried about staying warm this winter


With energy prices rising across the board, Age UK has revealed that a quarter of over 65’s living in the UK have genuine worries about staying warm this winter.

There are around 11 million over 65’s living in the UK, and while a quarter expressed worries about staying warm, more than half say they are concerned about the rising costs of energy.

The survey from Age UK, which was administered to 1,100 over 65’s, highlights concerns over the wellbeing of older people in the UK, as prices are hiked again this autumn. It has been a rollercoaster year for energy prices, as we were told last winter that rises in the wholesale price of fuel would mean that we would have to pay more to keep the heating and lights on.

However a colder than normal winter period meant that energy firms, most notably British Gas, reported very strong financial results for the year, and we were told in May that this would be used to hold prices at a sustainable level for as long as possible.

Despite this, just last week Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, told us that prices would be raised by more than 9pc, a massive blow to consumers across the country. Other large energy suppliers, including Scottish Power, nPower and SSE followed suit, leaving consumers with few options in terms of finding competitive energy deals.

While this is a concern for most homeowners across the UK, it can be particularly bad for older citizens who are a lot more susceptible to health issues related to the cold weather. Caroline Abrahams, director at Age UK, said: “Being cold even for just a short time can be very dangerous as it increases the risk of associated health problems and preventable deaths during the winter”.

If you think you are paying too much for your energy bills, then you can review and change your plan by visiting uSwitch.

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