Morrice backs campaign to help ‘plug’ energy debts

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LIVINGSTON Labour MP Graeme Morrice has pledged his support to the “Plug the Debt” campaign to help people who are falling behind with their energy bills.

With soaring prices, 50 per cent of people in Scotland are unsure whether they can afford to pay their energy bills this winter, according to the watchdog Consumer Focus.

Mr Morrice said: “It is clearly worrying that the number of people with debts on energy bills is set to rise and these people need to get the right help.”

Consumer Focus chief executive Mike O’Connor said: “A toxic cocktail of higher energy prices, rising bills for other essentials and falling incomes could push more people into debt with their energy company this winter.

“We’d urge people to get in touch with their energy firm as soon as they think they might have problems, before debts start to spiral.

“You can also get in touch with Citizens Advice or the Home Heat Helpline to find out how you can cut your bills.”

The Home Heat Helpline number is 0800 33 66 99.