‘Teetering on brink’ Horror ‘blackout’ warning to cash-strapped Britons over energy hikes

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This comes after Boris Johnson said soaring energy bills are the part British households must play in an effort to slow down Vladimir Putin. During a visit to Ukraine to mark the country’s independence day, the Prime Minister said that “if we’re paying in our energy bills for the evils of Vladimir Putin, the people of Ukraine are paying in their blood”.

The sharp increase in energy prices for UK homes has been linked to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and efforts from many countries to distance themselves from Russian exports.

Mr Johnson then laid out another military aid package destined for Kyiv of £54 million.

Pledging continued support for Ukrainian resistance fighters ahead of his departure from Number 10 next month, he described how the UK and the British public had “stood shoulder-to-shoulder” with Ukraine for the six months since the invasion started.

This comes after the UK retail head of energy company EDF warned of a “dramatic and catastrophic winter for customers”.

Philippe Commaret predicted that by the start of 2023, “half of UK households might be in fuel poverty”.

The rise in energy bills, combined with inflation – now forecast to rise to over 18 percent – has sparked anger among Britons hit hardest by the price hike.

Campaign groups such as Don’t Pay UK have sprung up, with tens and hundreds of thousands of people committing to withholding energy payments in October.

Joseph Robertson, of the Orthodox Conservatives, warned of a far more dystopian reality falling on the UK, should the Government fail to do more to shield UK consumers from fuel poverty.

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One energy industry source previously told the Telegraph that “if people withhold bills as a form of protest, it just makes it impossible to look after people who need it”.

They added: “We just don’t know how things are going to work out. It’s unprecedented.”

The Government announced that from October, a £400 discount on fuel bills will be given to all UK households.

Eight-million households classified as low income will receive an extra £650.

At the end of this week, Ofgem, the energy regulator, will announce the new energy price cap, which is currently set at £1,971 for the average annual bill.

But this may surpass £4,650 in January, according to analysis by Cornwall Insight, with an increase up to £3,554 in October predicted.

A survey by Which?, released on Wednesday, revealed that seven percent of households defaulted or missed a payment on at least one loan or bill within the last month.

This is up 4.5 percent on the same period last year.

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