As temperatures drop Martin Whitfield MSP is reminding people across South Scotland about the help and advice available from the Worried this Winter campaign.

Run by the Citizens Advice Network, the campaign is encouraging anyone who is anxious about their energy bills or the cost of living to seek advice this winter.

It was launched following research showing that energy bills are the top concern for over 2.2 million people in Scotland this winter, while a further 1.4 million are worried about being able to properly heat their home.

The campaign aims to make the public aware of the various ways in which they can access advice from the Citizens Advice network. This includes local Citizens Advice Bureaux (CABs), as well as a range of online advice pages and Citizens Advice Scotland’s Helpline on 0800 028 1456.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“As we enter the coldest period of this winter so far I know many people will be feeling anxious about their energy use and how they will afford their bills.

“It’s important to remember that there is help available and CABs can deliver life changing results. The average gain for energy advice last year was over £400, while the average gain for advice more broadly was over £3,700.

“Citizens Advice Scotland’s ‘Worried this Winter’ campaign signposts people to the advice and support available to help them get through the winter.

“Anyone who is worried about their energy bills or other household costs should visit or contact their local CAB for face to face help.”