Christmas lights CANCELLED in blow to festive spirit for thousands of families | The Sun

CHRISTMAS lights have been CANCELLED for thousands of Brit families in a massive blow to festive spirit.

Scores of councils up and down the country have opted out of local switch-on events as costs skyrocket.

Guildford Borough Council in Surrey announced their annual gathering was off after it revealed it "could not afford to justify" the fee.

Council leader Joss Bigmore said "significant financial challenges" have put the 7,000-people strong event on the back burner.

Ely in Cambridgeshire also said it could not afford the £9k needed to put on its event.

Meanwhile, Budleigh Salterton won't have any lights at all because keeping them going is too costly.

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From October 1, energybills are set to shoot up to £3,549 on average per year due to a new price cap.

The energy regulator Ofgem confirmed the new price cap, which comes into effect on October 1.

Helen Warren – chair of Budleigh Salterton's Chamber of Commerce – told The Mirror: "We no longer feel able to take on the sole responsibility and costs of supporting the Christmas Lights which have escalated year on year."

Its not only councillors feeling the pinch.

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Families are now facing a nightmare scenario, with rising bills far outstripping incomes, as well as other rising costs due to inflation and the war in Ukraine.

Energy analysts said bills could hit £5,300 in April.

Every household will start to benefit from a £400 energy bill discount from October onwards.

You might get an extra payment too if you're on benefits or disabled.

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