Forty per cent increase is 'disgusting'

PUBLISHED: 08:11 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 June 2010

HONITON pensioners, who are already counting the pennies following price rises for food and petrol, are now facing a winter where gas and electricity charges could go up by as much as 40 per cent.

HONITON pensioners, who are already counting the pennies following price rises for food and petrol, are now facing a winter where gas and electricity charges could go up by as much as 40 per cent.They are disgusted that ordinary people seem to have no control over the spiralling cost of living and say it is unfair when pensioners are on fixed incomes.Speaking to the Herald at Honiton Senior Citizens' Centre last Thursday, they were still taking in the news - 24 hours after the shock price rise made national headlines.Sheila Billett, 69, said: "It is disgusting, because it will really affect people."In a fortnight, my gas has gone up by more than the electric. "I'm putting £15-a-week on my gas and electric and I can't afford 40 per cent more."War hero Tom Crispin, 91, said: "The price rise won't affect me, because I just won't put my heating on."Joan Roberts, 68, said: "I don't know how they can justify it. Why put prices up by so much?"I will be worrying about it, because I'm a widow and I'm on a fixed income."Phyllis Lacey, 89, said: "I don't think they should put the prices up. I will worry about it, but they will still put them up."Joyce Welch, 81, said: "What can you say? They will do it any way. It is disgusting."They are putting it up by too much and we shall all worry about it. I feel sorry for those who get the bare pension."you work hard all your life, but end up being penalised for it."Ivy Patch, 83, said: "OAPs should be looked after. We have worked hard all our lives, why should we suffer now?"Jeanne Thomas, 79, told the Herald: "I am not very happy. My flat is all electric. I expect my husband and I will worry, because food has gone up in price as well."A SLOWDOWN in the economy is being fuelled by rising food and petrol prices and a general downturn in the property market.Economic experts, who predict gas and electricity bills will rise by as much as 40 per cent before the end of the year, expect energy companies to make price announcements in August.Meanwhile, unemployment is up and inflation could top four per cent.The Bank of England is not ruling out another rise in interest rates.Despite all the signs, experts say a recession is still unlikely.The credit crunch, which took its first bite out of the economy in August last year, continues unabated.


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