A mother has decided to “turn itself off” the gas supply to her home due to rising energy prices, an anti-poverty charity claims.
Kirsty McKechnie of Child Poverty in Action Group Scotland said the single mum is still facing charges despite making the decision to turn off her gas last year.
She told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “We have already contacted one parent who got in touch with one of the advice centers who had their gas disconnected and disconnected themselves over a year ago because they were struggling with the prices .
“She is a single mother with two young children. And she’s still getting hit by a trickle charge.
“I worry about the sheer number of families who will be grappling with the upcoming decisions about whether to heat the house or feed your children.”
On Thursday, the government unveiled a £15 billion support package to help people deal with the cost of living crisis.
All UK households will receive a £400 subsidy on their energy bills in October and around eight million households on the lowest incomes will receive a one-off payment of £650.
People receiving disability benefits receive a lump sum payment of £150 towards living expenses in the event of disability.
Whilst pensioner households receiving the heating oil winter payment or ‘heating allowance’ will also receive a separate one-off payment of £300 for energy bills.
Kirsty said the new package of measures was “welcome” but said the help was only temporary.
“The package will help help low-income families. It’s more generous than we expected,” she said.
“We were very pleased that the Chancellor was using the social security system to provide money for low-income families.
“However, this is only temporary.
“It’s a temporary package and we know there are many families who have been experiencing our cost of living crisis for some time.
“It’s a rising tide, it’s affecting more and more families.”
Faye Dearnaley, from Levenmouth, Fife, said she was having “sleepless nights” because of her mounting bills.
She told Good Morning Scotland: “The pressure is a bit unbearable.
“You’re already counting pennies and you have to rely on the third sector for food donations and things like that.
“With food bills and gas bills rising and all that, you become more and more dependent on them.
“Sleepless nights are all that’s happening with the energy crisis because there’s no guarantee I’ll have enough money to pay my bills at the end of each month.
“I was already pretty frugal on gas and electricity – I parked everything against the wall and turned on my heating when I absolutely needed it.”
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