High Peak MP Ruth George is backing a campaign by Derbyshire Districts Citizens Advice to offer free independent advice to help people to beat the cold and cut energy costs.
Ruth said: “With so many older houses in High Peak, over a fifth of residents suffer fuel poverty. It’s especially an issue for older people, so I am pleased to support Citizens Advice’ ‘Big Energy Savings Week’.
“While many people now shop around for the best deal, there are still many who do not, and I know from my regular surgeries and coffee mornings that pensioners and people on low incomes are the least likely to switch suppliers.
“That’s why I am delighted that Citizens Advice will be joining me at my Hadfield Coffee Morning to give people free on the spot advice about how they can save money.
“Citizens Advice play a vital role in advising and supporting thousands of people at their advice sessions all across High Peak and their services are needed now more than ever.”
The event at Hadfield Methodist Church on Saturday 20 January, from 10.30am to 12noon, is the latest in a series of coffee mornings Ruth is holding around the constituency to meet residents.
“The coffee mornings are a great way for me to meet residents in all of High Peak’s towns and villages to find out their interests and concerns, informally over a cup of coffee or tea,” said Ruth.
In addition to Ruth’s coffee morning, the Citizen’s Advice team is also offering residents specialist energy appointments to assess their needs and refer them to further support through Warm Homes Discount schemes. These sessions will help people to compare their gas and electricity costs, to negotiate with providers and to reduce how much energy they use.