People suffering from a New Year debt hangover can get free advice from Bolton Council next week.

The Money Skills team has organised three free drop-in sessions and two free group sessions to help residents struggling with debt and paying energy bills.

The council is also backing the national Warm Homes Campaign, which is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action. Their aim is to raise awareness of the problem of fuel poverty and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.

Advisers will be on hand in the One Stop Shop, Bolton Town Hall on Monday, January 25 from 9.30am until noon, and on Wednesday, January 27, from 1pm until 3pm.

They will also be in the main reception area of Bolton One on Thursday, January 28, from 10am until noon offering debt and energy advice.

The team will be running two group sessions in the One Stop Shop. The first session ‘Why we need to budget’ (Monday, Jan 25, 10.30am to 11.30am) will focus on budgeting and how to prioritise bills. Attendees will receive a £5 supermarket voucher.

The second session ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ (Wednesday, Jan 27, 1.30pm to 2.30pm) will focus on how to save money around the home and reduce energy bills. Attendees will receive a £10 energy top up voucher or an alternative for those on an energy bill. Supermarket and energy vouchers are only one per household.

Booking in advance is advised for these sessions. Contact the team on 01204 331968 or e-mail to reserve a place.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion, Cllr Kevin McKeon, said: “The month after Christmas can be particularly tough with Christmas expenses putting even more pressure on finances.

“We also want to raise awareness of fuel poverty and the effect it has on Bolton residents.

“Our advisers will be on hand next week in the town hall and Bolton One offering free and independent advice on how to overcome money problems, and giving practical advice on keeping warm and well this winter.”

source- Bolton Council