CAP’s Energy Manager, Paul Walmsley, says “Christians Against Poverty is already seeing a significant increase in demand for its free debt help in many parts of the UK and we are concerned many more people will need support as the cost of energy spirals out of control.
“Today’s increase is another big hit for low income households who are already struggling to afford the basics they need to live with dignity.”
CAP has seen requests for emergency fuel vouchers double in the first two months of this year compared to the first two months of 2021- highlighting the impact that the energy crisis is already having. The charity has also delivered over £23,000 worth of crisis support in the first two months of 2022 which includes emergency fuel vouchers, food shops and essential items.
Paul continues, “We are having regular conversations with suppliers, Ofgem and the Government to help them understand the impact these increases are having on the people we support. All parties acknowledge the seriousness of this issue but we are insisting on urgent action, particularly before October when the price cap is likely to increase significantly again as the winter months hit.
“Historically we know that more than half of the people who seek help through our free Debt Help service will have waited over a year before contacting us. Often that means they’re deep in crisis by the time we get involved. With the expected increases in energy costs running into October and beyond, it’s more important than ever that people who are struggling don’t wait until their debts get out of hand.”
If you are struggling with debt and need free help, get in contact with CAP today on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org.