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MP for West Dunbartonshire Martin-Docherty-Hughes will be hosting an energy advice surgery later this month for local residents looking to save money on their heating bills.

The event will be held from 12pm to 2pm on 27 January at the John Connolly Centre in Renton and has been organised to help people who are struggling to heat their homes during the cold winter weather.

Representatives from Home Energy Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau will be on-hand to offer advice on income maximisation, energy efficiency measures and initiatives to help residents keep their homes warm this winter.

Residents are invited to drop-in to the free event anytime between 12pm and 2pm on Friday 27 January to access advice and support on home energy costs.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:

“As MP for West Dunbartonshire I hear from constituents on a range of issues, though I am particularly concerned about the number of people who get in touch with concerns about energy costs.

“This event is a great opportunity to access support on fuel poverty issues, so if you’re struggling to heat your home this winter or need advice on dealing with your energy supplier then we’re here to help.”

Richard Smith, Home Energy Scotland said:

“Fuel bills are an ever increasing problem, and, can be a particular concern during the winter months.

“Home Energy Scotland can help you to save energy and money, as well as making you home warmer. Along with having access to Scottish Government funding we can also help you with energy efficiency advice for your home, and, help you to switch energy supplier resulting in more savings.

“This event is a great opportunity to get some expert advice to help get back in control of rising energy bills.”

Gareth King, Manager of West Dunbartonshire CAB said:

“This event is taking place against a background of growing concern that many vulnerable individuals and families will encounter serious financial difficulties as a result of rising fuel

and food costs. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of the problems and to help us tackle fuel poverty.

“Given the concerns in relation to the impact of fuel poverty in 2017 and 2018 it’s important that agencies come together and do all we can to raise awareness of the problem and to help where we can.”

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