Extra help for high fuel costs

Gas heater Hot tips: get extra help and advice to cope with high fuel bills

A new scheme can help Bristish Gas customers cope with rising fuel costs and money worries.

The cost of heating and lighting has rocketed recently. Many people struggle to keep on top of higher and higher fuel bills.

We have joined a campaign to help people cope with higher prices - especially those who, like around 30 per cent of our tenants, pay by meter. They tend to pay more than those who pay bills or through the bank. See 'Energy campaign hots up'.

Essentials

In 2007 British Gas introduced an 'Essentials Tariff' to help low-income customers, particularly those with meters, by ensuring they pay no more than the lowest standard prices. And to help even more, they won't increase bills until after the end of winter 2008/9.

We have worked with British Gas to go even further. They have now introduced their 'Essentials Extra' scheme.

You can get a free home energy check to see how you can cut back on fuel (without going cold) when prices rise in the spring. Expert advisors from the British Gas Trust can explain how to escape debt and manage your finances. You may even be able to get a grant if you owe British Gas money.

Call their special team for FREE on 0800 072 7100 to find out more.

Here to help

The British Gas Here to Help scheme offers their customers free insulation, a benefits assessment and other free products and services from charity partners depending on individual circumstances. Qualifying applicants are an average of over £1,500 a year better off.

Call 0845 605 2535 to find out more.

More help

Our own debt advisor can also give you hot tips about cutting your bills and getting your finances under control. Call 0161 946 6314 or 7653. Or pop down to our local Bowland Road office between 10am and 12noon on a Wednesday for more advice and your free financial health check.

Find out more about energy efficiency, tips and grants from Manchester City Council.

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