Rising energy bills hit family budgets

First published in News

THE average UK household spent £106 a month on electricity, gas and other household fuels in 2012, according to figures published today by ONS.

This was up from £69 a month in 2002, after adjusting for inflation, meaning there was a 55 per cent increase in average household spending on energy between 2002 and 2012.

The figures, contained in a report on household energy spending in the UK, show that the average household spent the equivalent of five per cent of its disposable income on household energy in 2012, up from three per cent in 2002.

The poorest fifth of households spent 11 per cent of their disposable income on household energy in 2012, up from eight per cent in 2002, while the richest fifth spent just three per cent in 2012, up from two per cent in 2002.

In 2012, households using electricity had an average monthly spend of £51, a 43 per cent increase from 2002. Households using gas in 2012 spent an average of £57 a month on this fuel, a 56 per cent rise from 2002.

ONS statistician Richard Tonkin said in recent years, households have been reducing their energy consumption but this has been more than offset by rises in energy prices.

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5:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

theviking666 says...

energy bill average £106 a month, well what about community charge?, I can try to control my energy bill, community charge out of control.
energy bill average £106 a month, well what about community charge?, I can try to control my energy bill, community charge out of control. theviking666
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9:53pm Tue 4 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

If you control your gas usuage to totally economise you now get hammered by a standing charge that in my case triples my previous SWALEC bill.

This scumbag company can do this with the "authority' of the gutless pimps Ofgen to introduce "transparency in pricing!" (sic). God help anyone on a state pension, disabled or unemployed.

Time these creeps heads were on lamposts.
If you control your gas usuage to totally economise you now get hammered by a standing charge that in my case triples my previous SWALEC bill. This scumbag company can do this with the "authority' of the gutless pimps Ofgen to introduce "transparency in pricing!" (sic). God help anyone on a state pension, disabled or unemployed. Time these creeps heads were on lamposts. KarloMarko
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