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Majority of Britons cutting back on gas and electricity amid cost of living crisis

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More than half of Britons are cutting back on their gas and electricity usage at home due to the worsening cost of living crisis, which is hitting vulnerable groups, including pensioners and disabled people, harder.An estimated 24 million people in Great Britain, equal to 51% of the population, used less gas and electricity between 30 March and 19 June, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) research examining how people were reacting to the crisis.

Those aged between 55 and 74 years were the most likely to be cutting their energy use.Charities have been warning that the magnitude of bill increases mean many lower-income households will have to choose between eating and heating their homes this winter.“These are truly desperate times, and millions of people have been forced to take desperate measures,” said Sarah Coles senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown“While all of us are facing the pain of rising prices, it’s those on lower incomes, renters, people with disabilities and those in the most deprived areas that are facing impossible challenges,” she added .Energy costs have risen sharply in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine and are due to increase sharply again in the autumn when the new price cap on household bills kicks in.A recent update from analysts at Cornwall Insight predicted that in October the energy price cap will rise to £3,244 a year before ratcheting up again to £3,363 in January.

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