Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has highlighted Debt Awareness Week (January 26 to February 2) and called on constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support available for anyone struggling with winter energy bills.
Organised by StepChange Debt Charity to raise awareness of the help available to those who are struggling to keep on top of their finances at a time of year when the arrival of big bills is particularly unwanted.
Scottish Gas is working with StepChange Debt Charity as one of a number of partners across the country to help our customers manage their bills.
Mr McMillan said;
“Nobody should suffer in silence and there is a range of help and advice for any constituents who are having problems paying their energy or other household bills.
“I want all my constituents to understand what help is available for them. Keeping on top of winter bills and managing debt is so important and I urge anyone to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer. “
To register for extra help, customers or someone acting on their behalf should call 0800 072 8625 (or 0800 294 8604 if they have a Pay As You Go meter).
Scottish Gas does more than any other energy supplier to help those who are struggling with their debt. In 2013, Scottish Gas spent more than £380 million helping 1.8 vulnerable households with discounts, free insulation and benefits advice.
The company has a successful partnership with StepChange Debt Charity – organisers of Debt Awareness Week – which helps customers by offering manageable payment plans for their energy and other household debts.
It also funds The Scottish Gas Energy Trust – an independent charitable trust set up 10 years ago. British Gas has provided the Trust with £75million to help people living in fuel poverty. The Trust provides grants to help with energy arrears as well as a wide range of advice and is open to everyone, not just Scottish Gas customers.