posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 11:26 PM
Scary time for me.
As a disabled man on benefits, coupled wit the Governments plan to make housing unaffordable (14% reduction in rent assistance, 14% reduction in
Council Tax assistance per unused room), a rise in power costs terrifies me.
Currently my home is frigidly cold because I can only afford to run a single gas heater in the lounge. Electricity and Gas bills currently come to 62%
of my available disposable income after the rent/council tax are paid, and thats before I even consider food and water.
Once the reductions in rent/ctax benefit assistance kick in, that 62% will rise to just under 80% for me. Yes I could move into a smaller 1 bedroom
apartment, but I was born in this very house, and have lived here for 40+ years. Not really a pleasant option.
Very soon it will be impossible for me to keep warn or light the place. Would be cheaper if they let me have a credit-meter, but because Im disabled,
they will only let me have a pre-pay meter, unless I can put down a £2000+ deposit against not being able to pay the bills on a credit meter.
People on pre-pay meters get charged more per unit. Its like a double whammy, although hopefully new legislation thats passing through parliament, to
simplify tarrifs, will end that scam.