Kids feeling the pinch
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.”