'Almost 4m households' in debt to energy provider

Almost four million households owe their energy supplier money, with most in debt to the tune of £128, a study has shown. A third of those in debt owe more than they did a year ago while 9% owe less, the poll from uSwitch found.

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'Almost 4m households' owe money on energy bills

Almost four million UK households are in debt to their energy provider, owing an average of £128 per home, according to a uSwitch survey.

Energy bills are now £53 a year more expensive, uSwitch said. Credit: PA

Despite the mild winter, 14% of the households which owe money have seen their debt increase by £5 on last year, following a series of price hikes, the energy comparison company said.

The average household energy bill is now £1,265 a year, £53 more than a year ago and £793 or 168% higher than in 2004.

A third of those in debt owe more than they did a year ago while 9% owe less, the survey found.

Ann Robinson, uSwitch director of consumer policy, said: "The average household energy bill is £53 a year dearer than a year ago. For many consumers, the only thing that has kept this particular wolf from the door is the fact that this winter has been exceptionally mild."

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