If people are struggling to pay their bills now – in a hot summer – how much worse will it be in winter when homes need heating?
From the stories Sky News viewers have told, it’s clear that as soon as the temperatures start to drop, the cost of living crisis will be dramatically exacerbated.
After the bills were paid, one viewer said he and his partner had only “3 pounds for three weeks to live”.
Another said he and his family are reducing food purchases, not traveling to see family members, and limiting children to one hour of TV or computer viewing.
Keith Ashworth, 66, from Nottingham, is fueling his old Land Rover with vegetable oil because diesel is too expensive.
“I was hoping to go part-time soon – but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I actually work just to make a living,” he said.
At the end of the month, “there is very little left – sometimes nothing”.
He and her husband Daryl are collecting “wood chips” to use in their wood-burning furnace in the winter and are considering selling the stationary truck they own in the Peak District, where they come for a getaway.
“There’s no light at the end of the tunnel – it’s just going up and up,” Keith added.
Tracey Blanc, from Clitheroe, emailed about how her energy costs have increased tenfold in one month. She sent a copy of her bill showing £58 was directly debited on July 1, while on August 1 it was £611.
Viewer Melanie texted her working hours had been cut and said she had spent all her savings after being unable to find a new place to live.
She currently works three jobs, including nights and weekends.
‘I’ve never been more scared in my life’
“It’s going to be a terrible winter,” said Susan Pilkington.
A carer who hasn’t been able to work for eight years, Susan said she has “never been more scared in (her) life”.
Her energy bills “doubled” and she asked the supplier to remove her gas meter because she “couldn’t afford the backlog without caring about it. gas itself”.
Viewer Simon texted saying that he wanted to take his children on vacation, but his account only had 52 minutes.
Kev, 50, texted that he lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment and asked for Universal Credit.
“I had to stop paying my water bill and TV license just to survive,” he said.
“All my money is rent and electricity.”
Glenn was aiming Fuel and utility companies make big profitssays the cost of living crisis is being fueled by “greed and bounty”.
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Julie Martinez emailed her saying she was working as a healthcare assistant at a psychiatric ward with a 13-hour shift and was in debt to her credit card because she used it to pay for gas to work.
“I don’t have any money left at the end of the month and I’m struggling to feed myself,” she said.
“I feed the dog before I feed it.
“I find it very difficult. I have to give something or people will become homeless.”