Stacey Solomon’s Pickle Cottage energy bill ‘might be beyond our means’ if it doubles

Stacey Solomon has expressed her concerns about her energy bills amid the country’s cost-of-living crisis.

At the beginning of the year, it was revealed that the cost of living was rising at the fastest pace in 30 years leaving hundreds of people questioning if they could afford their bills.

Things haven’t changed much in the months that have followed and as winter approaches, people are particularly concerned about their energy bills increasing – Stacey, 32, included.

Despite having an estimated net worth of £4 million, the mum-of-four said she finds the ongoing cost-of-living crisis “terrifying” and expressed her worries about not being able to pay their bills.

“If our energy bill doubles, then it might well be beyond our means in the future,” Stacey told The Guardian.

“I’m not saying it is the same for us as someone on the breadline, ’cos it blooming well isn’t. But it’s such a scary time.”

She went on: “How have we allowed the country to get to this point? How can the government not be prepared for it?”

Stacey and husband Joe Swash reside in a beautiful £1.2 million home in Essex – lovingly named Pickle Cottage. The pair tied the knot in their back garden over the summer.

Stacey’s concerns come after a handful of Brits were given £150 direct payments earlier this month in a bid to ease the financial strain of the coming cold months.

The one-off payment was paid directly to those living with disabilities in order to help them with rising bills.

The money began appearing in people's bank accounts from 20 September, but the majority will receive their payments during the first two weeks of October.

It will help those with disabilities pay for any energy intensive equipment they might have, as bills continue to soar.

Millions of people on disability benefits are eligible for the payment, but claimants must have received or started an eventually successful claim for one of the following benefits as of 25 May to be eligible.

The one-off payment comes after Liz Truss announced that the price of energy bills will be frozen for two years.

A typical family will now be paying around £2,500 per year from October under the new price cap, which was introduced as energy bills were set to increase to £3,500 a year.

However, for people like Stacey who have larger than average homes, it’s likely to increase by even more.


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