Seek advice over winter energy bills in Portsmouth as part of ‘stay safe and warm day’ initiative

Cllr Hannah Hockaday
Cllr Hannah Hockaday
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VULNERABLE residents will be able to get support at a number of stalls being set up across Portsmouth.

City Tory members are launching a ‘stay safe and warm day’ so people can get advice about how to keep their energy bills down this winter.

Cosham councillor Hannah Hockaday and community activist Jim Fleming are organising the initiative on Saturday.

Cllr Hockaday, who set up advice packs last year, said: ‘I have been meeting a lot of residents across the area and constant feedback is that residents are worried about heating bills, especially during the winter.

‘My professional background is in providing energy advice and help to the vulnerable and helping them keep their bills as low as possible.

‘A lot of people on very low incomes will have to make a decision of either staying warm or being able to eat.

‘Too often, these residents are not aware of grants and help that is available to them.’

Tory council leader Donna Jones said: ‘We want to raise awareness for the elderly and low income families. Domestic energy prices are high, but too often residents who need help aren’t aware of what help is available to them.

‘This is an issue that affects at least one person that we’ll all know and we owe it to them to do our small bit to help.’

Advice stalls will be at:

n Cosham High Street; 10am to 1pm.

n London Road, North End; 11am to 1pm

n Paulsgrove housing office; Midday to 2pm

n Baffins Library; 10am to 1pm.