Outgoing British Prime Minister Johnson announces a massive aid package for those in need. According to a survey, one in four people in the UK plan not to turn on the heating at all in winter. Especially families with small children have to calculate: food or heating.
According to a survey, almost one in four people (23 percent) in Great Britain never want to turn on the heating in winter because of the enormously rising prices for electricity and gas. For people with underage children, the number is even higher at 27 percent, according to a recently published study by the market research institute Savanta ComRes on behalf of the opposition Liberal Democrats.
Most people - around 70 percent - want to turn up their heating less often. About one in ten (11 percent) is considering taking out a loan. Here, too, the proportion is higher among people with younger children (17 percent). The survey of more than 2,000 adults was conducted before regulator Ofgem raised the cap on basic tariff energy prices by 80 percent on Friday. Analysts therefore expect that the survey values should now be even clearer.
The Liberal Democrat Party warned that families would be forced to make "heartbreaking decisions". The country is "on the brink of the worst cost-of-living crisis in a century." "It's a national scandal that parents have to choose between heating their homes and feeding their children," said party expert Christine Jardine. The Liberal Democrats, like the largest opposition party Labor, are demanding that the Conservative government freeze price increases.
Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that the new government, which is expected to take office on September 6, would introduce far-reaching additional aid for consumers. But he did not give any details. "In the coming month, no matter who takes over from me, the government will announce another massive financial aid package," Johnson wrote in a op-ed for the Mail on Sunday newspaper. According to experts, the government measures taken so far are far from sufficient.