The Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP paid a visit to the Big Energy Saving Week stall set up by Citizens Advice Wokingham in Wokingham Market Place on Thursday 24th January, and was given a tour of the Citizens Advice Wokingham office, along with an introduction to the service.
Big Energy Saving Week is an annual and national campaign to help consumers understand and save money on their energy bills, and the staff and volunteers of Citizens Advice Wokingham joined the campaign last week by setting up a stall in Woodley on Wednesday 23rd January and one in Wokingham on Thursday 24th January. Upon his arrival at the stall, Sir John was informed of the aims of the campaign in conversations with the present staff.
Sir John was then taken to the Citizens Advice Wokingham office, where he was given an introduction to their service by their Chief Executive, Jake Morrison. Sir John interacted with a number of clients who were present to meet advisers for appointments, and talked with some of the staff and volunteers in the office to learn how guidance might be given by the advisers.
Following the visit, Sir John said: “I was delighted to visit Citizens Advice in Wokingham where I met the staff and volunteers who do an excellent job of providing independent advice, information and support to Wokingham residents. Based on their understanding of the problems faced by their clients, they also provide an effective campaign service, and I find it very useful to keep in touch with the CAB.”
Tim Abbott, Chair-elect of Citizens Advice Wokingham, said: “I’m really proud that the Citizens Advice team braved the cold for the Big Energy Saving Week this week, giving out free, impartial advice to more than 200 people across Woodley and Wokingham about how they can cut their bills or get any financial support they may be entitled to.
“It was also great that Sir John made time to visit the stall and even come back to our Waterford House office, meet our brilliant staff and volunteers and discuss some of the challenges facing people living in the borough.”