"THE number of unpaid energy bills has increased nearly 50 per cent due to price rises, a study found.
Homes skipping electricity bills jumped from 1.31million to 1.96million in the past six months.
And 1.61million Brits missed paying their gas bill, compared to 1.16million in the last six months of 2007, the YouGov poll of 2,157 people found.
Website MoneyExpert.com said: “Households are feeling the strain.”
Meanwhile, the Sun's star columnist and ex-editor Kelvin MacKenzie has other things on his mind:
"A MONTH ago I was critical of Mercedes-Benz who gave me a £1,500 estimate to repair a two-centimetre square scratch, which in the end I had fixed at my local body shop for £350."
For a paper that so pretends to understand and fight for its readers, who are rather more likely to be in the former category rather than in MacKenzie's shoes, his woes over his Merc are hardly likely to inspire much sympathy.
The Sun's smear of Katy Perry has fallen even further apart.