WHEN HE HEARD that Rishi Sunak is donating £400 to every household to help pay energy bills, Jessica Fenton’s heart filled with joy.
But not because she can’t heat her house or turn on the electricity – but because she’ll be shelling out extra money for her wedding to fiancé Jack, 30.
Train attendant Jessica, who has just moved into a £245,000 new build in Sheffield, South Yorks, doesn’t need the hundreds to help with the bills.
Instead, she sees it as extra money to spend on what she likes.
It may be a blow to people affected by the cost of living crisis, but Jessica doesn’t feel guilty for planning to spend the extra money on cakes and flowers, despite sympathizing with people who desperately need it .
“If the money was a loan, as originally proposed, I would have said no,” she said. “I saw that Rishi Sunak was originally offering a £200 energy rebate that households were told they would have to pay back over five years and decided against it.
“There was no reason for me to.
“My partner and I are wealthy and don’t have to borrow money.
“But now it’s free money for everyone, so why not?”
“The wedding will cost around £15,000 so every few hundred helps.
“I’ll probably spend it on flowers or the cake.”
Jack and Jessica met four years ago in a bar in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where they both live.
He proposed in November last year and the wedding is set for March next year.
They originally lived in an apartment his father owned but decided to buy it last year and recently moved in after saving for a while.
Jessica, who left school at 18 to work on the railroad, added: “I’m a real super saver and didn’t spend my 20s partying.
“I consciously saved and climbed the career ladder.
“That’s not to say welfare recipients haven’t worked hard to save, too. I understand that people are affected by the cost of living crisis for many different reasons, but at the same time I think it’s fair that everyone should get that £400 and therefore be able to spend it on whatever they want.
“The government approved it and it’s going into people’s bank accounts, so what are you supposed to do? ignore it?
“And I don’t think it should be a means-tested benefit so only poorer people get it.
“I’m not opposed to people getting benefits, but I recognize that there are already many benefits just for people on lower incomes.
“Also, people have had a really rough couple of years because of the pandemic, so that’s really nice.”
Not everyone shares her view of the money, which will be paid out in installments over the next six months from October.
But she doesn’t care.
“You can’t opt out – so what does it matter what I spend the money on?” she said.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5450235/energy-bill-gift-free-money-for-wedding/ I’m 26 and just bought a house for £245k