Paisley Daily Express

Help on hand as energy bills go up

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Renfrewshi­re Citizens Advice Bureau is urging anyone who may be struggling with their energy bills to get in touch.

Staff at the Glasgow Road organisati­on - which helps hundreds of Buddies each week with financial, legal and consumer advice - has advisors on hand to help support anyone facing financial woes as a result of soaring energy bills.

On April 1, the latest energy price cap, set by regulator Ofgem, came into effect.

The nine per cent increase will add £96 to the bills of those on standard variable tariffs, bringing their total yearly costs to £1,138.

All of the so-called big six energy companies have said they are putting up prices in line with the cap, affecting more than ten million consumers. Scottish Power, E.on, Npower and British Gas will raise their standard variable tariff by the maximum, while SSE and EDF will price theirs just £1 lower.

Renfrewshi­re CAB has a number of options available to support people, and can help people apply for grants to manage the cost of bills.

A spokesman said:“The energy price cap increased on the April 1, and as a result, some people may be worried about how their bill is going to be affected, especially as the pandemic has already resulted in an increase in energy bills for many people.

“If you’re struggling to pay your energy bills, you might be eligible for certain grants and support from energy suppliers or the Government.”

To get help, contact CAB’s Energy team by calling 0141 889 2121 or by emailing BESN@ paisleycab.casonline.org.uk

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