Household bills

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Britain’s welfare system ‘unfit for purpose’ with millions struggling, experts warn
Two-year study reveals households are being ‘battered again and again’ by an ‘unfit’ welfare state that is in urgent need of reform

Miranda Bryant

23, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Energy bills: ‘I got a green deal, so why am I paying eye-watering sums?’
Some Britons on renewable energy deals promising green power face higher bills than standard tariffs

Anna Tims and Miles Brignall

22, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Energy bills crisis: five UK business groups demand urgent action
Chiefs of CBI, BCC, IoD, Make UK and FSB say ‘rocketing’ charges will delay economic recovery from Covid

Larry Elliott

21, Jan, 2022 @5:06 PM

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More than 30,000 jobs at risk if insulation levy cut from fuel bills
Government considers scrapping scheme that pays for energy efficiency measures for poorer households

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

21, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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How northern food clubs are helping stretch budgets in cost of living crisis
Exclusive: ‘We are bridging the gap between crisis food and supermarkets,’ says founder of the Bread and Butter Thing

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

20, Jan, 2022 @8:06 PM

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Calls for one-off cash payments for people hit by UK energy bills crisis
Thinktank says Rishi Sunak should support millions through £8.5bn programme of ‘helicopter money’

Phillip Inman

20, Jan, 2022 @1:26 PM

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The Guardian view on the cost of living: money’s too tight to mention | Editorial
Editorial: Inflation is at a 30-year high, while workers are suffering their third drop in real wages in a decade – and worse is yet to come


19, Jan, 2022 @7:34 PM

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The big six energy providers don’t need a bailout – nor do they deserve one | Sandy Hager and Joseph Baines
Instead of subsidising companies, the government should be taxing them to pay for the cost of living crisis, say lecturers Sandy Hager and Joseph Baines

Sandy Hager and Joseph Baines

19, Jan, 2022 @1:12 PM

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Inflation is back, and there’s plenty more in the pipeline
Analysis: Households face triple whammy of higher taxes and energy bills, with wages failing to keep pace

Larry Elliott

19, Jan, 2022 @9:32 AM

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‘I’m not getting through the month’: five Britons on the cost of living crisis
People who are feeling the pinch explain how their expenses are stacking up

Clea Skopeliti

19, Jan, 2022 @8:25 AM

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Together Energy is latest UK supplier to go bust
Ofgem will appoint new firm to take on 176,000 households affected by collapse of Bristol Energy owner

Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent and Richard Partington

18, Jan, 2022 @5:32 PM

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SSE’s prepay meter switched off my heating at Christmas
A reader says the energy firm went into their new home days before they moved in to install the equipment

Miles Brignall

18, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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