Uk news Citizens Advice Scotland encourages people to 'save your energy' in new campaign MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - More than 1 in 10 people have missed an energy bill because they ran out of money since Covid restrictions began.
Breaking News ! Citizens Advice Scotland is encouraging people to ‘save your energy’ as the charity launches its Big Energy Saving Month 2021 campaign. The campaign launches amid dropping temperatures across Scotland, as well as concerns of increasing energy costs as more people stay at home to comply with increased coronavirus restrictions. New research by YouGov for Citizens Advice Scotland reveals that 15 per cent of people who have run out of money before payday since Covid restrictions began have missed an energy payment. Figures released by the Scottish Government last year revealed 1 in 4 households in Scotland, over 600,000, find themselves in fuel poverty. Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson sparks fears Universal Credit payments could be cut by £20 per week from April Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish news sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters The campaign encourages people to get energy advice, and focuses on five key consumer groups: People on electric only heating People on prepayment meters People struggling with energy bills Those who frequently turn off the heating to save money People who can’t access deals and support online There is also increasing numbers of homes in extreme fuel poverty. A household is in extreme fuel poverty if it spends more than a fifth of its income on energy costs and it still cannot afford sufficient heating and an acceptable standard of living. Scottish Government predictions estimate that fuel poverty figures could rise further due to Covid-19, to 29 per cent.
. “This is particularly the case in 2021, after we all spent so much time at home due to restrictions during the pandemic.” Citizens Advice Scotland also highlighted how 15 per cent of people who have run out of money before pay day since lockdown in March missed an energy payment as a result.
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Harry Mayers, Head of Home Energy Scotland, said: “January is traditionally a challenging month for householders who may be experiencing financial difficulties. Research from Citizen Advice Scotland and Energy Saving Trust shows that this will be amplified as a result of the pandemic and associated restrictions. “Through Big Energy Saving Month and our partnership with Citizens Advice Scotland, we want people to know that we are here to provide advice and support on the practical steps they can take to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce the cost of bills.” The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps thousands of people every year and encourages anyone struggling to pay their energy bills to seek advice from a local CAB, online advice, or through the online Money Map tool here.
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