Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to a new survey showing that people are set to face high energy bills because of increased fuel use during lockdown.
The survey, by comparethemarket (see below), finds that 72% of households across the UK have seen an increase in their energy usage since lockdown began and that they face an average increase of over £32 per month in energy bills.
Responding, CAS energy spokesperson Kate Morrison said,
“Even before the outbreak of Covid-19 hundreds of thousands of people were already struggling with energy bills, with 1 in 4 households in Scotland in fuel poverty.
“What the coronavirus crisis does in addition to increasing energy usage for those at home is create an uncertainty and insecurity of income for furloughed workers. There is a real risk these higher prices will fall heaviest on those least able to pay.
“This is compounded by the fact that while switching can help in many cases, it won’t be an option for everyone.
“Both the Scottish and UK governments have put in place a range of measures to boost incomes during the crisis, and we would encourage people to seek help if they are struggling to cope with their bills.
“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland is still helping people during this outbreak, with local bureaux providing advice over the phone or email, as well as our online advice and national helpline. People can get advice on their energy bills or to claim additional support.”