Cumbernauld and Kilsyth residents urged not to panic over soaring fuel bills

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SOARING fuel bill costs have prompted a local advice service to urge householders: “Don’t panic”.

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Citizens’ Advice Bureau has advised locals to prepare for fuel increases by seeking advice and planning ahead.

Manager Ian Eadie said: “There has been a lot of publicity over the recent rises in fuel bills.

“In the last few weeks all the main suppliers have announced big price hikes, further increasing bills people were already struggling to pay.

“Citizens’ Advice Scotland has been among the leading voices condemning these increases and we will continue to argue for better regulation of the fuel industry.”

Ian added: “ The important thing is not to panic when the bills come through your door.”

Free, impartial advice is available from dedicated money advisers at the CAB offices in 2 Annan House – for an appointment call 01236 723201.

Or contact the government’s Energy Assistance Package via the free helpline 0800 512012.

Ian said: “Many people are tempted to ignore bills, or to pay them using credit cards or a bank overdraft. But all they do is get you into further debt. Keep calm and seek help.”