With no signs of inflation easing and the energy crisis here to stay, several organisations are teaming up to open ‘warm banks’ to ensure British residents are able to stay warm this winter.
We’re familiar with food banks, but as colder months loom closer amidst the energy and cost-of-living crisis, the term ‘warm banks’ is starting to appear online and in news headlines around the UK.
With UK energy bills expected to be 97 percent higher in October than they were in spring, the question on the minds of British residents is: can I afford to heat my home this winter?
Though energy bills have been capped at around £3,000 a year, the increased cost of keeping our homes warm will place immense pressure on some 7 million households expected to enter fuel poverty.
The National Energy Action charity has reported that even without inflation and when energy supplies are stable, around 10,000 people die each year as a result of poorly heated homes.
To prevent this number from increasing, councils and charities are working together to set up warm banks, a concept similar to food banks, where people can gather at no cost to help them stay warm during colder months.