The cost of living is at its highest level in a decade, with household energy bills being the largest expense. It’s not too surprising, then, to learn that people are worried about their finances and getting into debt.
According to Mind, the charity’s Infoline has seen a 30% increase in calls where debt or personal finances are stated as the reason for the call (comparison period: Q4 2020/21 vs Q4 2021/22).
There’s also a key trend in the issues people are facing – from worries about eviction and making choices about what to spend money on (particularly on food or heating) to benefit deductions and the increase in utility costs.
If you need extra support to manage your energy bills, Citizens Advice can help. Their advice covers everything from grants available to help you pay your bills to setting up a payment plan with your energy supplier.