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MSE News: Energy bills to rise a sickening 80% from October

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Energy bills will rise by about £1,600/year on average for 24 million households in October, as regulator Ofgem confirmed the largest ever hike to the energy price cap this morning. We've been warning for months this catastrophic rise was coming, and now we know how bad it'll be. Here's what you need to know – including what you'll pay under the new rates and whether it's worth fixing.

Read the full story here: 
'Energy bills to rise a sickening 80% from October – Martin Lewis's reaction and how much you'll pay under the new price cap rates'

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  • casjen
    casjen Posts: 152 Forumite
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    edited 29 December 2022 at 6:45PM
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    People are worried, and yet somewhere like MSE (which should be trying to help the consumer) decides to use words like "sickening" and "catastrophic".  What words are you saving for January and April?
    Exactly...
  • Section62
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    People are worried, and yet somewhere like MSE (which should be trying to help the consumer) decides to use words like "sickening" and "catastrophic".  What words are you saving for January and April?
    Agree.

    Then you get ML on the news this morning quite rightly talking about the mental health aspects of this, then blows it by calling it the "pit of financial doom".

    A great way to throw people suffering MH issues even further into the abyss.

    Language like that might be Ok in private meetings with ministers, but more care needs to be taken (by everyone) when talking to the public, some of whom are in need of more than just financial help.

  • Section62
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    JonVarnas said:
    People are worried, and yet somewhere like MSE (which should be trying to help the consumer) decides to use words like "sickening" and "catastrophic".  What words are you saving for January and April?
    Well, what would you rather them to describe it as. I don't think you grasp that for many people this rise is "sickening" and "catastrophic" and however MSE describes it won't make a jot of difference.

    Meanwhile the Guardian are also reporting on the real "complete catastrophe" of today -


    We truly are all doomed now.
  • Vincero
    Vincero Posts: 67 Forumite
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    edited 29 December 2022 at 6:45PM
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    What words are you saving for January and April?
    There's always 'apocalyptic' available...
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    JonVarnas said:
    People are worried, and yet somewhere like MSE (which should be trying to help the consumer) decides to use words like "sickening" and "catastrophic".  What words are you saving for January and April?
    Well, what would you rather them to describe it as. I don't think you grasp that for many people this rise is "sickening" and "catastrophic" and however MSE describes it won't make a jot of difference.


    Emotive language just makes people worry more and doesn't help them.  I'd leave that to the red tops and thought MSE was better than lumping more onto people who are already struggling.
  • HUMBUG
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    edited 30 August 2022 at 12:51PM
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    There is nothing emotive in calling this a catastrophe if you are one of the many that are already in energy debt and are worrying about the future health and welfare of their children and elderly parents. 

    For example :
    My father has a tumour/cancer and needs to be kept warm all the time because he is just skin and bones. His only sources of income are his state pension and attendance allowance. It looks like the Oct 22  price cap will see a rise in his energy bill to £7.5k  which means he won't have enough yearly income to cover all the bills next year. I am also retired and live off my employee pension of 9k a year while having to cook and deliver food to my father every day. 

    Personally, it does feel like a catastrophic situation and it is making me feel sick.

  • The_Green_Hornet
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    Hyperbole won't solve the issues the world is currently facing.
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    Not only that, but effectively telling people to feel sick about something out of their control is irresponsible.
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