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Energy Price Rises Send Debt Charity Calls Soaring

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Jessica Winch, The Daily Telegraph

More than 30,000 people have sought debt help on energy bills in the past 13 days, a 55pc rise, says Citizens Advice

The number of people seeking debt advice about their energy bills has surged following recent announcements of price rises.

Citizens Advice has reported a 55pc increase in the number of people seeking online advice about their energy bills following the first price alert from supplier SSE on October 10.

More than 30,000 people sought online advice between October 10 and October 23, compared to 19,436 in the 13 days leading up to SSE’s announcement.

Calls to the Citizens Advice consumer service about energy bills have doubled.

Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: “The huge number of people seeking advice since the price hikes started is a barometer of consumer fear about energy bills.

“Barely a day goes by without the bad news of another energy price increase. Price rises, just as temperatures start to drop, means people will see their bills this winter soar.

“Households are finding it really difficult to cope with the increases in cost of living.”

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