Help For Fuel Poverty
It's estimated more than 37,000 households across Somerset are in fuel poverty. That's when more than 10% of income is spent on total fuel use.
Heart spoke to Christine in Wellington who was forced to miss work for several weeks because of illness. She told us: "I was recovering at home and on Statutory Sick Pay. One day my electricity bill popped through the letter box. My first reaction was 'How on earth am I going to pay this?' If I pay it then I can't afford to eat or I don't have a gas fire on. I was faced with some very difficult decisions at a time when I was already unwell." Luckily Christine phoned her electricity company who were sympathetic and offered to help her. Now she's helping to advise other people in a similar situation. "People have to be sensible and not suffer in silence. Keep warm and don't be embarassed to phone for help."
National Energy Action have a special free helpline if you're struggling with your bills. By calling 0800 336699 you will be able to access a range of help and support from a variety of sources such as the Government and enegy company schemes.