Households with the lowest disposable income pay three times as much for their energy per week as a percentage of income than those with the highest disposable income. The research shows that a greater proportion of poorer households are on standard variable tariffs or use prepayment plans. Both these methods of paying for energy usually mean higher unit costs and more expensive bills. It found that in the 10 per cent most deprived areas of Britain, the annual cost of energy is £1,123. This is £60 per year or 5.7 per cent more than the annual cost of energy in the 10 per cent most affluent areas.
Scotsman 26th Feb 2020 read more »