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Oldham Council introduce fuel poverty officer to help struggling residents pay energy bills

By Matthew Lees

Oldham residents struggling to pay their energy bills can now receive help from a newly-established fuel poverty officer.

Oldham Council teamed up with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to create the role after securing funding from the Department of Health in November.

The officer will be able to help residents with prepayment meters, providing benefit checks, and to assist them out of fuel poverty.

“This new service, available in partnership with Oldham CAB, is yet another good example of how Oldham Council is providing practical support to help residents stay warm this winter,” said Councillor Dave Hibbert.

“I would urge all residents who need help to get in touch.”

Some elderly residents are likely to be unaware they are paying over the odds for their energy tariff, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The officer will also be able to maximise the benefits people are entitled to and gain access to trust fund grants from utility companies.

The move expands on the council’s collective energy-switching scheme – which ended last month – and the new boiler replacement initiative.

To book an appointment with the fuel poverty officer, email [email protected] or call 0161 6214394.

Photo by Lee Haywood, with thanks.

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