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WEARSIDERS are more likely to spend less on their food bills to pay other household bills than anywhere else in the country.

Nearly half of those quizzed said they would spend less on their food shop and this year Santa’s purse strings have also been tightened with 44 per cent saying they will spend less this Christmas.

Citizens Advice is now urging families and households across the North East to save money on their fuel bills by “checking, switching and insulating” to make sure that they are making the biggest possible saving.

Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: “People must check, switch and insulate to make sure that they’re getting the best deal for their energy.

“Big energy bills and rising daily costs are putting extra pressure on household budgets that are already stretched thin.

“We’re worried that some people are finding themselves unnecessarily hard-up because they’re paying more than they have to for their fuel bills and aren’t getting all of the help that’s available to them.”

Big Energy Saving Week takes place next week. For more details on events taking place, visit www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk.