Mum ‘uses wax melt burner to cook beans on toast for her kids’ as cost of living soars

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March 30, 2022, 08:30

A single mother has resorted to a molten wax burner to cook baked beans for her children because she cannot afford gas and electricity, a charity has revealed.

Gerard Woodhouse, who runs the L6 Community Center in Liverpool, told LBC of the devastating impact the cost of living crisis has had on a young family.

The charity, which provides food and household items to families in need, visited a single mother of two who is struggling to make ends meet.

He told LBC: “On the gas fire, she had a knife in a piece of bread and told me she was cooking dinner for the kids.

“She showed me a scented candle holder that she used to bake beans, to bake beans on toast.

“She had nothing. She told me she was afraid to ask for help because she thought the council would take her children away from her.

From April, Ofgem is raising the cap on energy prices, with some families facing a doubling in the cost of gas and electricity bills and many facing the choice of whether to heat or eat.

The energy price cap for those who pay by default and who pay by direct debit increases by £693 from £1,277 to £1,971 from April 1.

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Gerard Woodhouse, who runs the L6 Community Center in Liverpool.

Gerard Woodhouse, who runs the L6 Community Center in Liverpool.

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Prepaid customers will see a bigger jump, with their price cap increasing by £708, from £1,309 to £2,017.

Gerard said, “52% of the people who come to our food bank are working. Nurses, teaching assistants, all come for support, even if they earn a salary.

“We won’t see an immediate impact even if it increases on Friday, it will really start to change in three or four weeks when the meters change.

“These people, although some say they choose between heating and eating, it’s actually worse than that and we could end up seeing deaths because of it.”

The BRC-NielsenIQ Store Price Index recently revealed retail prices rose in February at their fastest pace in more than a decade.

Food inflation remained the main driver of price increases, particularly for fresh foods, which were hit by poor harvests, both in the UK and globally.

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