Corby bill busting day proves to be priceless

Corby residents Tim Jones and Gloria Jones, with British Gas staff Rebekah Kerns and Alan Ryan
Corby residents Tim Jones and Gloria Jones, with British Gas staff Rebekah Kerns and Alan Ryan
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Cutting utilities bills and finding out more about how to save cash were the subject of a Bill Busters event in Corby.

Organised by MP Andy Sawford in collaboration with a host of utilities suppliers and advisers, as well as the Northants Telegraph, the event took place in James Ashworth VC Square on Friday.

EDF, British Gas, Eon, NPower and Scottish Power were there, as well as Anglian Water, uSwitch, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Corby Council advisers and Electric Corby.

Householders who took along a utility bill were shown how they could save money.

Among the exhibitors were Corby Council’s financial inclusion and support officers Suzanne Berry and Kirsty Diamond.

They have helped 200 people to ensure they are getting all the benefits they are entitled to and are paying the correct amount for bills.

She said: “We were put in place because the council realised that people were struggling to manage their money after the welfare reforms came in.

“Some of our successes include getting back £15,000 in personal independence payments and £7,600 in employment and support allowance.”

Mr Sawford said: “It was a great day and I really appreciate the support from all the organisations.

“Lots of people came along to find out about lowering their energy bills and making simple changes to help them save money.”