MP urges residents to hunt down best energy deals

LOCAL MP Lesley Laird is urging constituents in low income households to consider switching suppliers during this Big Energy Saving Week

According to Citizens Advice Scotland, only 21 per cent of customers in the Kingdom of Fife switch supplier, meaning many are still paying over the odds for gas and electricity.

The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP said: “The UK Government introduced an energy price cap on January 1 which will result in the ‘big six energy’ companies reducing bills by around £76 per year.

“However, by shopping around and switching energy supplier or tariff, customers could make more substantial savings of over £150 a year.

“Around a quarter of Scots are estimated to be in fuel poverty. I would urge anyone struggling with their energy bills to take advantage of any saving available to them.”

Citizens Advice launched a free Financial Health Check service in November after it emerged that nearly half a million Scots are not claiming all the support they are entitled to.

The service covers all benefits, grants and exemptions (including council tax) as well as impartial debt advice.

The initiative is particularly aimed at single-parent families, families which include a disabled adult or child, larger families, older people and those approaching retirement age.

Also minority ethnic families, families with a child under one year old and families where the mother is under 25 years of age.

Lesley commented: “Just one call can make the difference. It doesn’t matter if you are in or out of work, you can call the Financial Health Check free helpline on 0800 085 7145 to find out if you’re getting all the money you are entitled to and not paying more then you need to for basic services, like gas or electricity.”

For a free financial health check call 0800 085 7145 or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau. For details of times go to