Cllr Paul Bettison, the Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, says they are encouraging residents to be more energy efficient to help get through the recession.

As the recession has now taken hold of the whole country, we at Bracknell Forest Council, are working hard to make sure that our services remain at the same high quality that people expect.

We are also working with our local partners, businesses and residents to help them during this time. Some people are finding the recession is hitting them harder than others and we are here to offer help and support.

In addition, the Council has made this one of its priorities with the launch of a new medium term objective to limit the impact of the recession whilst sustaining economic prosperity. A very useful tool to help everyone in the borough, has also been launched on the Council’s website. The recession web pages offer an array of information to local people including, benefits, paying your bills and energy efficiency. It is divided into sections and there are useful contacts and web links to enable residents to find out further information.

People should remember that whatever circumstances they may find themselves in, that there is always someone out there who can help.

For instance we can offer help to people having trouble paying their council tax and we can offer advice on where to go for employment and training opportunities within the borough.

There are many useful agencies well qualified to offer advice and support to residents on all matters related to the recession. The Citizens Advice Bureau is one such agency with a host of specially trained advisers in different subjects.

As a Council we also work to promote our own leisure facilities of which users can get loyalty bonuses. Then there are specific things like addressing climate change where we are promoting the awareness of energy efficiency. All of these things can help save money, as well as the environment, in the long term.