One MUM told how she was being charged a whopping £50 a day electricity bill and forced to work seven days a week to pay it off.
Mary Quinn, 52, from South Alloa, spends £1,500 a month on electricity, heating and hot water and is heavily in debt.
Almost all of the mother-of-two’s wages from working in a local bookie and bar cover the bills.
She is one of 700 Falkirk Council tenants with electric heating called Thermaflow – which has seen bills skyrocket over the past three years.
Mary, who has a brain aneurysm and kidney problems told the Local Democratic Reporting Service: “Since October I’ve been paying £50 a day – I’m just so stressed, I go to bed in night and I don’t want to wake up. upward.
“I just can’t handle it any longer.”
Mary has been told her boiler is not suitable for her three bedroom home and the council has promised she will have a new electric heating system.
But they gave no date when the new system would be installed – and Mary was concerned she might be too far in debt by the time the work was done.
Mary said: “When I spoke to Scottish Power, they told me I should do my laundry after 11pm, then asked if I had a tumble dryer or a hot tub?
“I said ‘don’t be silly – I don’t even have a television. “
She added: “I don’t have any other debt – the debt I have is because most of my paychecks go to electricity.”
One of Mary’s neighbors, Lynne Reid, is also facing similar problems – and her health is taking a serious hit as a result.
“If we were to run the Thermaflow system the way it was supposed to run, it would cost an absolute fortune – you are talking in excess of £150 a week,” she said.
“At this time of year, we are choosing to eat healthy or heat our home.
“I am disabled but I use a hot water bottle and a blanket to keep warm.
“And that’s with my partner working full-time.”
“We’ve been promised gas heating but so far there’s no word on when it will happen – but it needs to happen now, not in a year or two.”
A ScottishPower spokesperson said: “We are sorry to hear of the stress Ms Quinn is facing. As soon as these heating systems, installed by Falkirk Council, are replaced, the better will be for residents like Miss Quinn.
“Miss Quinn’s energy use has increased slightly compared to last year, which coupled with the dramatic increase in energy costs across the UK has resulted in high bills she is experiencing. than.”
A Falkirk Council spokesperson said: “A Housing Officer will contact Ms Quinn to discuss her situation and provide details of any benefits and support available to help resolve the issue. your energy costs.”
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