New research shows that one in five households is in debt over energy bills and owes around Â£624 million as gas and electricity prices rise, according to a leading UK newspaper.
The debt, owed to electricity and gas companies, calculates at around Â£126 per household.
The figure is lower than last year but 10.5 per cent higher than in 2008 where the average was Â£114.
According to a leading website, gas prices have risen this year and the average gas bill now stands at around Â£1, 132 per year.
22 per cent of people do not plan to take any further action, while only ten per cent are considering a repayment plan with their gas and electricity suppliers.
Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at the company which released the figures, said: â€œAlmost two in ten households are in debt to energy suppliers. Now prices are going back up again, this is a real concern.â€
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