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We have to decide between heating and eating because our energy bills are so high

A FAMILY claiming Universal Credit is having to choose between paying for their food or energy bills as the cost of living crisis continues to plague Brits.

Heating and electricity costs have skyrocketed recently and are expected to increased by £600 within a few months.

Natasha says the growing cost of energy bills is "scary"

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Natasha says rising energy bill costs are ‘scary’Credit: Sky
Families are having to choose between heating and eating this winter

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Families are having to choose between heating and eating this winterCredit: Sky

This is predicted by experts energy bill will increase by 51% as the price cap is reviewed by energy regulator Ofgem, with any changes in place from April.

The crisis means families must choose between heating or dining this winter – including Natasha and Gary Waterhouse.

Gary had to leave his job in the civil service to become Natasha’s full-time carer, because a tumor was removed from her spine that left her with nerve damage. and mobility problems, Sky News report.

It means they have gone from a household income in excess of £50,000 to a carer allowance of £67 a week and Common Credit – and two of their three children are still in school.

The couple who use electricity meters say their energy bills have come to around £140 a month.

With the price hike continuing into April, they said any extra spending would be “completely unsustainable” for them to manage.

That’s even with the £140 warm-home discount they receive – and it comes as needy families are being urged Sign up for help now.

It has put the family in a “difficult” situation, as they need to keep the house warm to avoid further pain in Natasha’s limbs.

Natasha said: “Now to the stage, you ask yourself, do I pay for the food or do I pay for the heat?

“What do you do? It’s a scary prospect.”

Fly energy wholesale price was blamed for the tearful bill spikes.

Some in the industry have calling the situation a “national crisis” and called on the government to step in.

Families will find out in February how much will the price limit increase – and how much more they may have to pay for their bills.

Although the current advice is stick to the price limit tax Because most flat rate deals are more expensive, there are other ways to cut your costs.

As well as a discount on a warm home, hardcore Britons may be eligible for cold weather payments.

That’s when you get paid when the temperature drops below zero for seven days in a row – you’ll automatically receive a £25 payout within 14 days of the cold snap over.

You can also get funding from energy companies.

Several providers – including British Gas Energy Trust – there are help programs you can sign up for for extra help, including:

There are also programs run by your local council that you can sign up for to get help with heating costs.

Below the Household Support Fund, you can get free coins to pay for your energy bills – The Sun has discovered some Council offered £140 help.

While many executive boards Welfare support programs – we reveal that you can get up to £1,000 to cover bills like heating costs.

You can check with your local authority to see if there is any help in your area – find out if your local council is using gov.ukassembly search engine.

Martin Lewis almost broke down in tears after he couldn’t help his mom pay for his energy bills

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JACLYN DIAZ

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