With winter on the way, Robin Walker, Member of Parliament for Worcester, has today called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

Robin said: “It’s really important to be prepared for winter. I want everyone in Worcester to understand what help is available for them, and for their family and friends. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is really important, so I’d encourage people to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is on offer.”

Worcester residents may be entitled to extra support from the Government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. Last year more than 700,000 British Gas customers in the UK received the Warm Home Discount – a one off discount of £140 on the electricity bill.

Robin also drew attention to Big Energy Saving Week (31 October – 6 November), a national campaign run by Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The campaign aims to help people to cut their energy costs by following a three-step rule – check, switch and save.

People are encouraged to check their current tariff and compare it with other suppliers, before switching to a cheaper deal if available. They are also given tips on making sure they’re saving energy in their home.

Worcester Citizens Advice and Worcester Housing and Benefits Advice Centre are holding the events in St John’s, Warndon and the city centre as part of the Big Energy Saving Week. The events will be held at Fairfield Adult Learning Centre today (Monday), St John’s Library on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Citizens Advice Office in the Hopmarket on Thursday.

Robin said: “Checking your energy tariff and switching to a cheaper deal is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cut your bills.

“Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity to get expert advice on how you can make savings before winter starts, from changing energy supplier to insulating your home.

“I would urge everyone to use the price comparison tool or contact the service for advice so they can start making savings.”

Notes to editors

For more information on the Warm Home Discount, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme/what-youll-get

For more information on Citizens Advice Big Energy Saving Week, please see:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/current_campaigns/big-energy-saving-week/