I am racking up debt paying energy bills to look after my sick mother | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: I’VE racked up hundreds of pounds in debt trying to pay my energy bills.

I’m a 46-year-old live-in carer for my bed-bound mother.

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Every day I wake up with a crushing feeling in my chest. I think it’s the stress of trying to afford everything.

I’ve had to take out credit cards to pay for our skyrocketing electricity bills.

But it’s just not that ­simple to “cut back”.

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My mother’s elderly and vulnerable. She needs the heating to be on most of the day. She’s cold without it – even in the summer.

Life just feels so hopeless. I don’t know how we’ll continue.

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DEIDRE SAYS: This must be very distressing for you, but there is help available.

For instance, if your mother is born before 1955 you will be eligible for the £300 Winter Fuel Payment.


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Contact turn2us.org.uk (0808 802 2000) for free advice on what grants and benefits you’re entitled to.

For help planning how to pay off your debt, contact the National Debtline on 0808 808 4000 or see nationaldebtline.org.

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