Kids feel­ing the pinch

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than 10,000 chil­dren across the county are living in fam­i­lies who have fallen be­hind with their en­ergy bills.

The fig­ures, based on new re­search from The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety, re­veals an es­ti­mated 10,600 chil­dren in fam­i­lies across Buck­ing­hamshire had fallen into debt on their en­ergy bills in the past.

Wy­combe is the par­lia­men­tary con­stituency worst af­fected in the Buck­ing­hamshire area by en­ergy debt where the num­ber of chil­dren es­ti­mated to be in strug­gling fam­i­lies is com­pared to the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion of 10 to 17-year-olds, with around one in eight chil­dren, 12 per cent, an es­ti­mated 3,100 chil­dren, were living in fam­i­lies who have fallen be­hind on their bills.

In Che­sham and Amer­sham this was 10.2 per cent and Bea­cons­field 11.3 per cent. The pub­li­ca­tion of the Chiltern So­ci­ety’s re­port co­in­cides with the launch of The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety’s Show Some Warmth cam­paign, which, as part of its Debt Trap cam­paign, is lift­ing the lid on the dam­ag­ing ef­fects that en­ergy debt has on chil­dren’s lives.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of The Chil­dren’s So­ci­ety Matthew Reed said: “Huge num­bers of fam­i­lies in the South East 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 in an en­ergy debt trap.”

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