My bills are £5,000 – I’ve told the kids there’s no Christmas this year

Widow and mother-of-three Louise Parker thinks it’s “obscene” that fat, energetic cats are raking in huge bonuses while she works three jobs to pay her mounting bills.

Her bills have more than doubled from £68 to £151 a month since her fixed rate plan ended in May.

Louise Parker, 48, worries about her energy bills with her children Heather Parker, 12, Christian Parker, 13, and Michael Parker, 15

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Louise Parker, 48, worries about her energy bills with her children Heather Parker, 12, Christian Parker, 13, and Michael Parker, 15Photo credit: © Steve Baker – The Sun

If analysts’ predictions come true, their annual bills will reach almost £3,600 in October and almost £5,000 by January.

She said: “Honestly it’s obscene … I would never dream of taking the money knowing that my beautiful luxury lifestyle leaves many people in the poverty line.”

Today energy analysts said bills could hit £5.00 in April.
Families face a nightmare scenario with soaring bills that far exceed income and other rising costs due to inflation and the war in Ukraine.

Yesterday The Sun revealed how fatcat bosses will make £15m as Brits choose between heating and eating.

Louise, a 48-year-old from Higham Ferrers, Northants, works more than 50 hours a week just to make ends meet.

Louise says she’s completely stopped cooking Sunday roasts and cakes – which she’s passionate about – because of the rising costs.
“It’s fine now as long as the weather is good, but we can’t subsist on salads in the coldest months.

“I had to say to the children: ‘There is no Christmas this year, you each get a small present’.”

“It’s scary going into winter wondering if we’re going to start the new year with a lot of debt.”

“I’d like to turn off the TV and play board games, but we need to be able to turn on the lights and keep warm.”

In addition to her full-time job as an office manager, she takes on part-time jobs as a barmaid in the evenings and weekends, which she supplements with shift work at events.

She has little time left to spend with her children Heather, 12, Christian, 13, and Michael, 15, and still resorts to credit cards just to pay for bare necessities.

Since her husband Neil died of diabetes five years ago at the age of 57, Louise has lived on a single income with no savings.

Soaring energy, petrol and food costs mean her income of £30,000 a year is no longer stretching far enough.

“We’ve adjusted everything – I shop at Lidl, I snag deals with yellow stickers, I cook from scratch, I read all of Martin Lewis’ tips and I’m in every Facebook group to save money that’s in the I could possibly be, we don’t have sky tv.

“All the things that people tell you to cancel we don’t have, so there’s not much left to cross out.”

Louise makes sure the whole family really pays attention to how much energy they use.

“I run around and turn everything off.

“I will yell at the kids for leaving the bathroom light on and I even threatened to take out the lightbulb.”

Louise says she can no longer afford to give the children pocket money, but her two eldest wanted to earn their own money as soon as possible.

Michael now works at the local shop stacking shelves and his brother Christian has a paper round.

“You are very responsible. They’ve already lost their father, so they’ve been through a lot.”

https://www.the-sun.com/money/5980917/bills-kids-no-christmas-this-year/ My bills are £5,000 – I’ve told the kids there’s no Christmas this year

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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