Electricity prices are rising in Germany – and citizen with a low-income are suffering particularly. They are at risk of fuel poverty. 10 to 15 percent of Germans are now struggling to pay their energy bills.
600,000 households have the electricity turned off every year
Rising energy costs are troubling more and more consumers.”Previously, fuel poverty was a marginal phenomenon, but now it has become an everyday issue for many,” CEO of the Consumer Association North Rhine-Westphalia, Klaus Mueller, told the “Welt am Sonntag”. According to Mueller, 10 to 15 percent of Germans are now struggling to pay their energy bills. According to a survey of energy suppliers by the consumer protection organisation, approximately 600,000 households have the electricity turned off every year because of outstanding bills.
The President of the Social Association VdK, Ulrike Mascher, criticized the German government for its failure to consider “the social dimension of the green energy transition”. For those on low incomes, the rising cost of electricity would hit “through fully.”