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‘It’s a simple choice, heat or eat’: Over 7 MILLION older people are worried about the cost of heating this winter as UK energy bills surge

More than 7million older people across Britain are worried about heating their homes this winter, amid soaring energy bill costs.

Nearly half of people aged 60 or over are concerned about the cost of keeping warm, with some having to choose whether to ‘eat or heat’, according to charity Age UK.

Pensioner Joseph de Cunha, 74, from north Linconshire, told This is Money: ‘We wish others could understand our struggle to survive as it should not be like this under the current situation, and people seem more interested in looking after themselves in general, while completely ignoring the poor pensioners of this country.’

One participant in Age UK’s ‘The Cost of Cold’ report, Chris, 75, said: ‘It’s a simple choice, heat or eat.

‘I already confine myself to one room and stay in bed as long as possible. If I cut down any further there won’t be any point in living.’