Torbay MP Adrian Sanders says ‘Help with debt is available’
Tobay MP, Adrian Sanders MP, has called on constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support available for anyone struggling with winter energy bills.
Adrian told the Devon Week: “Nobody should suffer in silence and there’s a range of help and advice for any constituents who are having problems paying their energy or other household bills.
“I want all my constituents to understand what help is available for them. Keeping on top of winter bills and managing debt is so important and I’d urge anyone in Torbay to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.”
Many energy companies provide help to customers when it comes to debt. For example, British Gas helped 1.8m vulnerable households with discounts, free insulation and benefits advice.
The company has a successful partnership with StepChange Debt Charity – organisers of Debt Awareness Week – which helps customers by offering manageable payment plans for their energy and other household debts.
It also funds The British Gas Energy Trust – an independent charitable trust set up 10 years ago. British Gas has provided the Trust with £75million to help people living in fuel poverty. The Trust provides grants to help with energy arrears as well as a wide range of advice and is open to everyone, not just British Gas customers.
Energy companies can also help refer people to the Warm Home Discount scheme which gives eligible customers a £140 discount on their electricity bill, and identify if customers are eligible for free insulation or boiler replacements.
(from a press release)