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Friday, 27 December 2013

Britons have to choose between food and heat

“But not one clue about the unusual hard winters,” says reader Steave. “Only about high energy costs and missing insulation.”

31.000 Britons died last year because of the cold says this article on “Many of them were older people who lived in poorly insulated houses who were surprised by exorbitant gas and electricity prices,” says the article.

“In the past 10 years, gas and electricity prices have risen by 150 percent.

“More and more people are faced with the choice of either buying groceries, or running the heater.

“I’d rather starve than freezing to death , if it comes to that ,” Cath Dixon says in an interview with DW. So far, they ‘ve still been lucky. The 76- year-old lives in a poorly insulated and therefore heatable intensive home in Longsight, one of the poorest parts of the city of Manchester.

“The heating system runs all day ,” said the old lady. You have severe arthritis, and cannot tolerate cold, so have no other choice.

In a survey, almost one in four of the 2,000 respondents said he or she would have to ration food in order to pay the cost of energy. And for every 10 it was clear : No Christmas gifts for the family this year.

“You pay more than 10 percent of your income on electricity and gas in order to “remain reasonably warm”.

“One of the main reasons for the price increase this year is not the rising gas and electricity prices – there are social and environmental costs that are simply folded over.”

“Ironically, it is the social and environmental programs that drive higher costs for everyone.”

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