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What happens if I don't pay gas and electric bills?

Keeki
Keeki Community member Posts: 8 Listener
edited September 2022 in Cost of living
It's my biggest expense and at the stage I can't afford food. What would happen if I didn't pay it? Will they cut it off? Will they cut both off or just one?
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,186 Disability Gamechanger
    I don't know if you were meant to comment on your other thread here, rather than start a new thread. https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/96056/cant-make-ends-meet-any-more#latest
    Firstly, they may install pre payment meters and then you would be worse off. It would also affect your credit history too and that's never a good thing.
    Have you spoke to your energy supplier? If not then i'd advise you to do this rather than start to ignore your bills because you'll only get yourself into a worse situation.
    Scope also have a disability energy support service so you could also contact them. https://www.scope.org.uk/disability-energy-support/


    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 43,665 Disability Gamechanger
    Have you spoke to your provider they may have something in place. Poppy has sent you a link on your other thread for rent and given advise on benefits. The last thing you need is having no electric.
  • Keeki
    Keeki Community member Posts: 8 Listener
    They've said it's as low as they can make it and I'm on the best tariff rate. I don't think I have any other choice. I just want to make sure I won't end up in prison or something
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,287 Disability Gamechanger
    You won't end up in prison that much I can assure you, remember from October for 6 months you will get £66 a month credited to your account by the Govt, if you are disabled you about to get another £150 payment, and if you are a pensioner another £300 later in the year plus the winter fuel allowance.
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 52,186 Disability Gamechanger
    Keeki said:
    They've said it's as low as they can make it and I'm on the best tariff rate. I don't think I have any other choice. I just want to make sure I won't end up in prison or something

    I don't advise you not to pay any energy at all because that isn't going to help you going forward. Having a prepayment meter will only be even worse because they are more expensive and if you don't have money in advance for your energy then you will be without gas and electric.
    On top of the other advice @woodbine has just given there's also another cost of living payment of £324 coming something this Autumn, the criteria hasn't yet been announced but if you've been claiming UC for a few years then you may qualify for this.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Campaigns Posts: 12,487 Disability Gamechanger
    I realise this thread is a couple of months old now, but just wanted to pop the following opportunity here in case it's of interest:

    One of my colleagues at Scope is working with a journalist to present the results of some work we've done around energy bills. They're looking to speak to someone who's gone into arrears, and ended up being moved onto a prepayment meter by their energy company.

    If anyone's experienced this, and would like to find out more about the opportunity, please get in touch with me by commenting here, privately messaging me, or emailing me at [email protected] :)
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