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Fewer Mangere families needing help with power bills

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Report – By Gladys Hartson, AUT.

Mangere Budgeting and Family Services chief executive Darryl Evans.

A South Auckland budgeting Service has seen a massive drop in the number of people seeking help with their power bills.

Mangere Budgeting and Family Services Chief executive Darryl Evans says, they went from dealing with “five clients a day to two per month.”

The case of Folole Muliaga’s death, whose power was cut off by Mercury Energy disabling her oxygen machine, highlighted the issues facing families who struggle to pay for their power bills.

According to the CEO, before Mrs Muliaga’s death there were about 35,000 disconnections nationwide. Service’s like the Glow Bug pre-paid top up card give people more options to deal with their bills.

“The budgeting service is about helping families manage their bills. It is important for people to put their hand up early”, he adds.

Mr Evans says, “There is no shame in asking for help.”

For more information on this issue, see Mangere Budgeting and Family Services website.

Gladys Hartson is a journalism student at AUT University.