If people are struggling to pay their bills now – during a hot summer – how much worse will the situation be in the winter when homes need heating?
From the stories Sky News viewers have been told, it’s clear that as soon as the temperatures start to drop, the cost of living crisis will get much worse.
Julie Martinez, 43, emailed to say she works as a health care assistant on a psychiatric ward doing 13-hour shifts and is in debt on her credit card because she uses to pay for gas to get to work.
“I have no money left at the end of the month and I struggle to eat,” she said.
“I feed my dog before I feed myself. I don’t have money to take my daughter out during school holidays.
“I feel at the breaking point. Something has to give or people will be left homeless.”
Viewer Richard said he and his partner were left with “£3 for three weeks to live”.
Glenn said he and his family were cutting back on the amount of food they bought, not traveling to see family members, and limiting children to one hour in front of the television or computer.
He also aimed fuel and utility companies making big profitsclaiming that the cost of living crisis is driven by “greed and bonuses”.
Keith Ashworth, 66, from Nottingham, fuels his old Land Rover with vegetable oil because diesel is so expensive.
“I was hoping to work part-time soon enough – but I don’t think that will happen. I’m really just working to make ends meet,” he said.
At the end of the month, there is “very little – sometimes nothing”.
He and his husband Daryl salvage ‘pieces of wood’ to use in their wood burning stove in the winter and plan to sell the static caravan they own in the Peak District where they are going to take a break.
“There’s no light at the end of the tunnel – it’s up and up and up,” Keith added.
Tracey Blanc, from Clitheroe, sent an email explaining that her energy costs had increased tenfold in a month. She sent a copy of her bill showing that £58 was taken by direct debit on July 1, while on August 1 it was £611.
Viewer Melanie texted about her working hours, which have been reduced, and said she had drained her savings after being unable to find a new tenant.
She now works three jobs, including nights and weekends.
“I have never been so scared in my life”
“It’s going to be a terrible winter,” said Susan Pilkington.
A carer unable to work for eight years, Susan said she had “never been so scared in (her) life”.
Her energy bills have ‘doubled’ and she has asked her supplier to remove her gas meter as she ‘cannot afford the permanent charge, let alone the gas itself’.
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Viewer Simon texted to say he wanted to take his children on holiday but only has 52p left in his account.
Kev, 50, messaged to say he lives alone in a one-bedroom apartment and is claiming Universal Credit.
“I had to stop paying my water bill and my TV license just to survive,” he said.
“All my money is for the rent and the electricity bill.”