High energy bills pushing people towards debt

Mon, 23 Apr 2012

Increasing energy bills are likely to see more people forced into with their providers, it has been warned.

Consumer Focus and Citizens Advice have launched a Plug the Debt campaign that is urging those having difficulty settling what they owe to .

The scheme recommends homeowners in energy speak to their supplier and explain the situation, while also liaising with Citizens Advice for information and assistance.

Mike O'Connor, chief executive of Consumer Focus - which was formed by the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 - noted: "The sooner you get in touch the less chance there is for debts to build and become harder to repay."

The drive comes after research from the group revealed four-in-ten people witnessed a hike in energy bills last winter when compared with those seen 12 months earlier.

According to the survey, almost one-third of respondents claimed these costs were greater than they had originally expected.

Mr O'Connor explained many individuals anticipated reduced payments as a consequence of energy prices previously being cut and the temperature not dipping as low as the levels seen in the winter of 2010/11.
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