FREE debt help charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are urging people to seek help after households paying up to more than 50% extra for their energy bills
Heather Nunn Mid-Norfolk debt centre Manager, explains “Christians Against Poverty is seeing a significant increase in demand for its free debt help in Fenland and across the UK. We are concerned many more people will need support as the cost of energy spirals out of control.
CAP has seen requests for emergency fuel vouchers double in the first two months of this year compared to the first two months of 2021- highlighting the impact that the energy crisis is already having. The charity has also delivered over £23,000 worth of crisis support across the UK, in the first two months of 2022 which includes emergency fuel vouchers, food shops and essential items.
Heather says, “CAP are having regular conversations with suppliers, Ofgem and the Government to help them understand the impact these increases are having on the people we support. Our clients tell us they feel stuck and are scared of the future. Some are ill and unable to work; others can’t find enough extra work to pay for the increased energy prices.
“All political parties acknowledge the seriousness of this issue but CAP is insisting on urgent action, particularly before October when the energy price cap is likely to increase significantly again as the winter months hit.
“Historically we know that more than half of the people who seek help through our free Debt Help service will have waited over a year before contacting CAP. Often that means they’re deep in crisis by the time we get involved. With the expected increases in energy costs running into October and beyond, it’s more important than ever that people who are struggling don’t wait until their debts get out of hand.”
If you are struggling with debt and need free help, get in contact with CAP today on
0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org.