Mike has welcomed the joint Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice campaign, which aims to help people who are falling behind with payments for their energy bills.
With people now receiving their winter bills, research from Consumer Focus shows that 4 in 10 people across the country say that their bill is even higher than last year. This is despite one of the mildest winters in a decade, which resulted in falls in energy consumption. Almost half of consumers say that they plan to make cut-backs in order to pay for their energy bill.
Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice are warning that higher bills could push more people into debt with their energy supplier, particularly those on low fixed incomes. The organisations are highlighting their awareness campaign – ‘Plug the Debt’– so that people know what their rights are when they fall behind on their energy bills. For impartial advice and information on energy issues, get in touch with your local Citizens Advice Bureau or the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506. More information on ‘Plug the Debt’ in available here.
Commenting, Mike said: “With many of my constituents receiving high energy bills, this is an issue that will be causing hardship for many residents in Hove and Portslade. It is troubling that people are being forced to cut back just to pay their energy bills. Unfortunately, the number of residents that have contacted me about this kind of issue has continued to rise, so I hope that this campaign will help the most vulnerable who do not know where to turn for help.”