Research conducted by Uswitch found:

  • More than a third (35%) of informal carers have struggled to pay their energy bills
  • Their energy bills are on average £200 higher per year than other bill payers
  • 21% of carers have chosen not to put the heating on due to not being able to afford it

Informal carers, who help look after vulnerable friends or family members with very little or no financial support, are paying energy bills that are, on average, £200 higher per year than other bill payers.

An estimated 6.5 million people in the UK act as informal carers, providing support that is not part of a paid job. Many informal carers live with vulnerable friends or family, which can have an affect on their bills.

Juggling the twin demands of caring and working, can mean more gas and electricity is used while having less income to pay for it.

Uswitch research has found that more than a third (35%) of informal carers have struggled to pay their energy bills. Worryingly, the same percentage have even been pushed into debt as a direct result of paying their utility bills, and 21%, at times, chosen not to put the heating on because they couldn’t afford it – potentially to the detriment of their health or the person they care for.

See full article here with key links:

https://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/informal-carers-and-energy-bills/

Uswitch has created a helpful guide that offers support and tips for informal carers.  It features ways in which informal carers can alleviate some of these pressures.

USwitch guide: https://www.uswitch.com/gas-electricity/guides/informal-carers-and-energy-bills/