Growning concern about fuel poverty among the over 60s June 4th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Growning concern about fuel poverty among the over 60s StepChange Debt Charity has said it is very concerned that so many of those seeking its help over the age of 60 are in fuel poverty. Forty one percent of those aged 60 and over seeking its help last year were in fuel poverty, where they were spending more than ten percent of their monthly net income on fuel payments. This is much higher than the average for those seeking help from the charity, where more than a quarter (26 per cent) are in fuel poverty. Not only are those who are seeking help from the charity aged 60 and over spending a higher proportion of their income on energy bills, they also owe more on gas and electricity bills than younger age groups. Gas arrears •The charity’s clients aged 60 and over owed an overage of £684 on their gas bills, compared to £455 for clients overall •The amount owed by the charity’s clients aged 60 and over on their gas bills has risen dramatically since 2009, when it was only £381 Electricity arrears •The charity’s clients aged 60 and over owed an overage of £568 on their electricity bills, compared to £488 for clients overall •The amount owed by the charity’s clients aged 60 and over on their electricity bills has risen since 2009, when it was £431 Commenting on the figures, Delroy Corinaldi, external affairs director at StepChange Debt Charity, said: “These figures are very worrying as staying warm is particularly important as you get older. “I am very concerned that this would lead many older people to not heat their homes when they really need to.” In order to ensure that people aren’t paying more for their energy bills than they need to, the charity has a free utility switching service which allows people to check if they could save money by changing their current gas and electricity providers. It is available at: http://www.stepchange.org/Howwecanhelpyou/utilityswitching.aspx Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!