Energy Price Increases- How Are Pre-Payment Customers Going To Pay?

Annual energy bills are predicted to increase more £4,200 from January 2023. This will undoubtably cause extreme hardship on an enormous scale.

So far without a fully functioning government, Johnson, his ministers and prospective prime minister candidates are refusing to meet to discuss and implement a strategy and further government financial without government intervention.

No further government assistance offered.

Instead of meeting to discuss further plans and financial help conservative ministers are on holiday blissful in their knowledge that without intervention their actions will cause unseen suffering and worse.

Further price increases.

The consultancy Cornwall Insight have already predicted that energy price caps are expected to reach £4,266 a year for the first three months of 2023.

They also predict that energy bills could rise to £4,426 in April before eventually easing.

Also predicted a week ago by the consultancy the energy price cap was expected to rise to £3,600 a year from January 2023.

It is now predicted that the energy cap will increase to £3,582 from October, an increase of £200 on its last forecast. It expects bills to begin easing next summer, to £3,810 in the third quarter and then £3,781 in the final three months of next year.

Compared to the price cap in October 2021 which was£1,400 a year, these price increases are obscene and totally avoidable.

People can’t afford to pay.

The reality is that there are already thousands of people that were already unable to meet every day household expenses, many of which are living in substandard housing, are homeless and living in temporary accommodation or renting a room or property at already extortionate prices.

There’s absolutely no way that anyone living in this situation will be able to cut costs anywhere to be able to pay for energy on top of food costs.

Whilst the idea of the don’t pay campaigns that have been created is on paper a good idea in real life it’s more complicated than that.

The problem with pre-payment meters.

Most people forced to live on extremely low incomes are already tied into pre-payment meters provided by the energy companies.

As well as having to automatically pay a daily standing charge they don’t have the option not to pay or to default on payments.

To put it simply if they don’t pay their energy supplies are cut off leaving them unable to heat and light their homes and to have any quality of life at all.

For those that pay their bills by direct debit, defaulting on their payments could affect their credit rating even if they pay a reduced amount.

Energy companies could also class them as bad payers and this could result in obtaining credit extremely hard.

It’s going to be a cold winter.

What on earth are people reliant upon pre payment meters going to do? They can’t magic money out of nowhere like the government does when they want to give tax breaks to their pals.

Their only option will be to use coats, bedding and just about anything they can find to keep warm whilst putting their health at risk.

Not forgetting that most people claiming social security will already be receiving a reduced amount due to various debts being garnished from their payments and benefit sanctions.

The poorest cannot be ignored anymore.

Alongside other campaigns the plight of the poorest and most vulnerable needs to be prioritized and help needs to be offered to everyone that require assistance.

Warm banks aren’t the answer nor is finding a warm spot to sit all day. It’s totally unrealistic to believe that this is the answer. At the very best they’re a sticking plaster that keeps falling off.

Government payments.

Everyone dependent on a low income is already well aware that the payments promised by the government offer little help when compared to the actual increase in energy and cost of living increases.

For these payments to realistically help they now need to increase dramatically for it to even start to chip away at the damage caused by the ever increasing energy costs.

The poorest are already suffering.

Food Banks are already experiencing a downturn in donations, some of them having no food and unable to offer any help to people dependant upon them.

There is also an ever increasing amount of people unable to afford to travel to food banks. For various reasons including and exceeding disability, illness and public transport costs they’re unable to collect desperately needed food. At the same time charities and organisations are unable to offer any kind of delivery service.

Their plight will be ignored

I suspect that the plight of the poorest will be ignored by those in power. After all their more concerned with punishing the poor than helping everyone that needs their assistance and correcting their mistakes.

The UK is a broken country, a ticking time bomb ready to explode. The only thing we do know is that the government won’t be there to pick up the pieces.

They don’t care they never have.

We must continue to press the government to reduce the obscene energy increases.

Instead of settling for ideas such as warm banks we need to make our voices heard.

It’s totally unacceptable that people are going to be forced into such extreme poverty that many may not survive the cold, harsh winter.

It really doesn’t have to be this way.

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4 thoughts on “Energy Price Increases- How Are Pre-Payment Customers Going To Pay?”

  1. Rather confusingly, the following has apparently been posted online by a group of Rightwingers who are against political correctness…

    Well after yesterdays announcement from the Bank of England , there is something very very very wrong in the system… So… let me get this straight:

    * British Gas made a profit of £1.3bn between January & June

    * BP announced profits of £6.95 billion between April and June alone

    * Shell has profited by £9.4bn in a year

    The MEN at the top:

    * John Pettigrew, boss of National Grid received £6.5m bonus on top of his salary

    * Chris O’Shea, chief executive of British Gas owner Centrica was paid almost £2m last year in salary and benefits

    * Centrica’s non-executive directors were paid almost £1m

    * Scottish Power’s CEO Keith Anderson is on £1.15m.

    * E.On boss Michael Lewis is on £1m

    * EDF’s Simone Rossi is also on £1m

    * And their top execs enjoyed a share of £4.65m

    * Peter Simpson of Anglian Water earned a £1.3m pay package

    * Welsh Water bosses awarded themselves bonuses of over £930,000

    * Severn Trent bosses awarded themselves bonuses of £5.56m

    * Thames Water’s Sarah Bentley, received a £727,000 bonus on top of her £2m annual salary

    Meanwhile there are…

    * People who haven’t had breakfast and/or lunch TODAY, because they can’t afford it.

    * People using FoodBanks because food is becoming more of a luxury than a necessity.

    * Children celebrating a birthday without presents.

    * Parents worrying about new school uniforms – and some schools enforcing rules which are not cost-effective.

    * People who can’t get to work because they can’t afford to put petrol in their cars/pay for public transport anymore.

    * People who are working so much they’re making themselves ill, and they STILL CAN’T AFFORD to pay their bills.

    * People who have been given fines by these same energy/water companies because they couldn’t afford to pay their bills in the first place – increasing their debt.

    * Customers being told to do STAR JUMPS TO KEEP WARM for crying out loud!

    * Hose pipe bans when gallons of water leak away everyday.

    * Elderly people NOT DRINKING because they’re worried about running out of water!!!

    All this and energy prices are set to rise up to 75% in October…

    THIS IS MADNESS!.. I’m all for supporting profits ..I’m not for supporting greed at the cost of lives of others..

    Something needs to change.. Why are customers’ money being used to make life more comfortable for those who are making life more intolerable for the rest of us?

    I actually don’t understand how the energy companies are allowed to get away with this and why the government aren’t stopping them instead of handing out money…..

    Copied & pasted from others. Keep this going around for all to see’

    And was re-posted on:

    https://beastrabban.wordpress.com/2022/08/10/correct-not-political-on-the-energy-and-water-companies-profiteering-while-people-starve/

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  2. Gordon Brown has also been in the news calling for immediate Government action, but to no avail. They will have to introduce a Basic Income or some form of Stipend, redistribute the wealth, or the whole country will grind to a halt. They may have to consider re-Nationalizing the power companies too. The longer they fiddle, ‘Rome’ will surely burn!
    In the meantime, on a personal note, I’ve been referred to the so-called Health & Work Programme. I asked them what the “health” bit is about and they said that they’re not medically trained but they offer relaxation workshops to help people manage Stress and Anxiety. So exactly how that helps my Diabetes, Hernia, and Arthritis remains to be seen! What a load of cobblers.

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