Nearly half of Brits struggle to pay bills – ONS
Almost a half of UK adults are struggling to pay their energy bills, the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a report published earlier this week.
According to the publication, 45% of respondents who pay bills said they found it “very or somewhat difficult” to afford them, and around 30% of people paying rent or mortgages also said they have had difficulties.
The figures vary among different population groups. For instance, more than half of people with disabilities (55%) find it difficult to afford their energy bills, and 36% have problems paying for housing.
Renters and people with lower incomes face more difficulties with their bills than others. About 60% of those who do not own a home said they struggle to pay their energy bills, compared with 43% of homeowners.
Half of those with a personal income of less than £20,000 ($22,620) per year have trouble paying their energy bills, while only 23% of those earning £50,000 or more reported the same problem.
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