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More than 3,700 warm banks open in UK as households struggle with ‘outrageous’ energy bills

‘Will the world ever be a good place again?’ Britons ask as they face a cold winter with bewilderingly high bills to stay warm

Maryam Zakir-Hussain,Mustafa Javid Qadri
Saturday 24 December 2022 07:37 GMT
Pastor Michael Eden says he has never seen a crisis like this
Pastor Michael Eden says he has never seen a crisis like this (Maryam Zakir-Hussain)

More than 3,700 warm banks have opened their doors across the UK as soaring energy bills leave many with no other way to cope with the cost of living crisis.

In the face of a “Dickensian” winter, the Warm Welcome Campaign has around 500 spaces joining the initiative each week to offer relief to those struggling.

From libraries to churches and community halls, the warm spaces are free social hubs where people can sit in comfort with a hot drink.

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