Report: 3,000 Dorset Kids Suffer From Fuel Poverty
7:56am 22nd January 2015
(Updated 7:30am 23rd January 2015)
Nearly3,000 children in West Dorset have suffered because their parents have struggled to pay their energy bills according to a new report.
Figures from The Children's Society out today (22nd January) shows over 1,500 families in our area have been in energy debt at some point.
The charity claims this has a damaging impact on children growing up in those houses with parents often being forced to pick between paying their energy debts and keeping their children warm.
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, said: "Huge numbers of families in the South West are struggling to make ends meet yet companies are making them the victims of their damaging debt practices."
"It is time they show some warmth and stop failing vulnerable families. They need to follow their agreements to work with, not against, families in energy debt and find workable solutions."
"No child should be made to grow up in a cold home because their parents are trapped in an energy debt trap."
They've also shown children in families facing energy debt are three times more likely to fall ill over and struggle to sleep because of the cold.