Press Comment: Energy bill support welcome but not enough to tackle UK household debt crisis

Responding to the latest energy bill support package announced by the government today, Heidi Chow, Executive Director at Debt Justice (formerly Jubilee Debt Campaign) said:

“The government has finally seen sense by providing grants rather than loans which would have only loaded more energy debt onto the existing pile.  

However, with nearly ten million people heavily in debt, rising prices and stagnating wages and benefits this package doesn’t amount to a serious proposal to tackle the UK household debt crisis.

UK households need more support to boost incomes and to have large amounts of the credit they have built up during the pandemic and cost of living crisis written off to help reset their finances.”

For more information contact Jerome Phelps on +44 (0)7906 813716


Debt Justice (formerly Jubilee Debt Campaign) is a campaigning organisation working to end unjust debt and the poverty and inequality it perpetuates, in the UK and across the world https://debtjustice.org.uk/

Our latest report, A Fresh Start After Covid19: An outline strategy to tackle Britain’s household debt crisis is available at https://debtjustice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/A-Fresh-Start-After-Covid19-web.pdf

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