A charity which helps older people says the controversial hike in prices by energy companies has led to an influx of people worried about how they will manage their fuel bills as winter approaches.
In recent weeks, four energy companies have announced increase which will average more than 9pc, with Npower, British Gas, Scottish Power and SSE all putting up prices.
And Age UK Norwich, which recently opened a new advice centre in London Street, said they have had a “major rise” in enquiries about managing fuel costs.
Phil Wells, chief executive of Age UK Norwich, said: “We have had a major rise in enquiries about managing fuel costs – so much so we have not been able to take time out to count them.
“Now is the time to take action if your house is cold in winter, whether it is getting a grant for energy efficiency work, advice on finding the best tariff, help with dealing with fuel debt or ideas on getting out to a warm social activity or lunch club, people are welcome to drop in for advice.”
Nationally, Age UK says more than three million older people are concerned about staying warm in their own home this winter.