Putting off bills ends in trouble

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ONE in five Sheffield residents who fail to deal with their personal administration has landed themselves in legal or financial trouble.

According to new research, nearly 20 per cent of residents surveyed had been given a fine or a county court judgement for failing to deal with bills.

The survey carried out by electricity firm E.ON found 87 per cent of people put off everyday administration tasks.

Anthony Ainsworth, sales and marketing director at E.ON, said: “It’s clear people in Sheffield are struggling to manage their daily to-do lists, and this is playing on their minds.”

The research found inaction had also affected relationships. A quarter said they had fallen out with their partner because of their reluctance to get things done.

E.ON said more than a quarter of city residents thought they were paying more than necessary for energy and urged them to check out its new online tariff tool.