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‘It’s impossible to pay’: Disabled caller faces £6,000 energy bill to power medical equipment

April 2, 2022, 5:51 p.m. | Updated: April 2, 2022, 5:52 p.m.

‘It’s impossible to pay’: A disabled caller expects an annual energy bill of £6,000 to power medical equipment.

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This disabled caller who relies on home-powered equipment tells LBC she has calculated she will pay £450-500 a month for gas and electricity alone as the price cap for electricity rises. energy would increase.

It comes as Britons experience a massive increase in the limit at which they can be charged for energy.

Yesterday Ofgem raised the price cap for gas and electricity, pushing it up 54% to £1,971 for an average home from £1,277. Experts predict it will be around £2,700 a year from October.

Experts have issued stark warnings that people across the UK will starve, freeze and could contemplate suicide as they desperately struggle to pay rising energy bills from this month.

The huge price increase prompted the founder of energy company Utilita, Bill Bullen, to urge households to reduce their energy use and behavior by layering and insulating their homes.

“I’m disabled, I’m in a bit of a tight spot now, I don’t know what to do,” Dianne, 39, told David Lammy.

“I rely on a lot of equipment in my property. I have an epilepsy sensor, an oxygen concentrator that doubles as a nebulizer, and I have an electric wheelchair and everything, so I need electricity for those.

“I have heart problems, kidney disease, diabetes, epilepsy, spinal problems, COPD.”

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Dianne continued: “My bills are skyrocketing. I live in a one bedroom property. The bills were okay until recently.

“I did the meter reading which it was advised to do just before April 1st, and curiously when I looked at my bills online, for about 8 or 9 days they actually charged me more £100 a week, just for electricity.”

Dianne explained that she lives in a one-bed property and all of her appliances are new and energy efficiency rated A. She receives the highest Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and long-term support as she cannot work, amounting to around £1100 per month.

“Once that increase starts, it’s £450 plus £500 a month. It’s going to be at least over £100 a month in electricity alone,” Dianne said.

Any remaining money is spent on food, water, reduced council tax, hospital transport, clothing and other essentials, Dianne explained.

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