DEBT AWARENESS WEEK: Gwynne visits Stockport’s British Gas office

visit to british gasAndrew Gwynne MP has visited the British Gas office in Stockport to mark “Debt Awareness Week”, when organisations across the UK seek to raise awareness of the importance of dealing with debt.

The week runs from 25-31st January.

To mark the occasion, the MP is highlighting the availability of free financial help and advice from independent charity, The British Gas Energy Trust (BGET) as well as British Gas and StepChange Debt Charity.

BGET provides grants to help pay off gas and electricity debts and to purchase energy efficient white goods such as washing machines and fridge/freezers.

debt awareness sign photoBritish Gas also provides direct help for customers. This includes helping thousands of people, who are having difficulty paying their bills, with an interest free debt repayment plan. The company also helps millions of people with energy saving measures and has 1.5m customers registered on a Priority Services Register, which offers additional help for disabled or chronically ill customers and those of pensionable age.

More than 9,000 people have also been helped by a British Gas/StepChange Debt Charity partnership which sees those in need receive specialist support and advice from trained professionals.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“January can be a financially difficult time for many so I’d strongly advise anyone who is worried about their energy bills to get in touch with the British Gas Energy Trust to get help and advice.

“You don’t have to be a British Gas customer to use this helpline and the help given is completely free.”

Imelda Redmond CBE, Chair of Trustees at BGET, added;

“Keeping on top of winter bills and managing debt is very important, which is why we urge anyone in difficulty to contact us as soon as possible.

“The Trust is committed to helping as many people as possible whether through direct financial assistance, help with the purchase of appliances or through the many voluntary organisations we fund to provide money and energy debt advice.”

BGET has provided more than £85m of help and assistance to 175,000 people since it was established in 2004.

Contact BGET on 01733 421060 or via email on bget@charisgrants.com

For more information please contact British Gas on Freephone 0800 048 0202.

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