According to a survey, a quarter of all Britons want to do without heating due to the electricity and gas shortages in the coming winter. (icon picture)
For people with underage children, the number is even higher at 27 percent, according to the study published on Monday by the market research institute Savanta ComRes on behalf of the opposition Liberal Democrats.
Most people – around 70 percent – want to turn up their heating less often. About one in ten (11 percent) is considering taking out a loan. Here, too, the proportion is higher among people with younger children (17 percent).
The survey of more than 2,000 adults was conducted before regulator Ofgem raised the cap on basic tariff energy prices by 80 percent on Friday. Analysts expect that the values should now be even clearer.
The Liberal Democrat Party warned that families would be forced to make heartbreaking decisions. The country is on the brink of its worst cost-of-living crisis in a century. “It’s a national scandal that parents have to choose between heating their homes or feeding their children,” said party expert Christine Jardine.
The Liberal Democrats, like the largest opposition party Labor, are demanding that the Conservative government freeze price increases.