Action needed to help vulnerable

THE recent price rises announced by major energy suppliers are once again a major cause for concern.

And coupled with yet another increase in food prices, these mounting pressures are going to have an enormous impact, especially for the poorest amongst us.

As a national charity which helps people in financial need, we recognise the reality of this situation, with 60 per cent of the people we have helped saying that before they came to the charity, they had not been able to keep up with bill payments, and over half saying they had been forced to miss one of their recommended three meals a day.

In today’s modern, affluent society, people should simply never be in a position where they are forced to choose between whether they ‘heat or eat’.

No doubt this coming winter we will hear more even more stories of people struggling with their rising fuel bills.

With 3.3 million households in the UK still living in fuel poverty, we urge action by all stakeholders to prevent further price rises and ensure further provision is made for the most vulnerable.

ROB TOLAN

Head of Policy & Research

Elizabeth Finn Care

200 Shepherds Bush Road

London

W6 7NL