Nearly 24% of elderly ‘face the dilemma ‘eat or heat”

More than half of over-65s said they would have to heat their homes less this winter, according to a new survey

Big Zero Report 2022

Almost a quarter of older people said they will be forced to choose between heating their home or putting food on their table.

That’s according to a new survey by Age UK which suggests 54% of over-65s said they would have to heat their homes less amid soaring energy prices.

The poll also found that nearly 43% said they would have to cut back, go into debt or simply would not be able to afford to pay their bills.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “We are being contacted every day, by desperate older people in this position, people for whom there are only ‘bad choices’ – ration your energy use, cut back on food, or other essentials, or go into debt.”

A recent study predicted that the price cap, due to be announced next Monday, will increase to nearly £1,900 a year from April.

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