MUGGERS and robbers should get longer sentences in the cost-of-living crisis while families who can’t pay bills deserve leniency, Brits say

Yobs and thieves need to pay more for crimes, according to 55 per cent.

Getty – ContributorBrits say muggers and robbers should get longer sentences in the cost-of-living crisis while families who can’t pay bills deserve leniency[/caption]

But almost as many say penalties for failing to cover soaring bills should be cut.

Some 61 per cent told researchers they are now struggling themselves.

Eighteen per cent had cancelled a summer holiday, 72 per cent are cutting back on non-essentials, and 46 per cent are driving less.

A third said they would be unable to pay an energy bill in the next year.

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And the same proportion fear there will be “general disorder” as homelessness and shoplifting rise.

James Frayne, from pollsters Public First, told The Sun: “Fair-minded people expect the Government and the courts to cut slack to those struggling.

“But they’ll demand the harshest action against those that commit violent crimes against others, regardless of how tough times get.”

Last week energy regulator Ofgem made an unprecedented plea for Brits not heed campaigns to boycott paying energy bills — expected to hit at least £3,400 this winter.


Boss Jonathan Brearley warned such action risked driving up prices for everyone.

He added: “If you are facing difficulties, the best thing you can do is get in touch with your energy company.”

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