Help available with heating and lighting bills and debts

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FREE financial help and advice is available with gas and electricity bills from 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.

Angela Rayner 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 free 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

British Gas also provides direct help for customers, including 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.

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

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