THIS Winter people in the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area are being urged to stay warm and if they are finding it difficult to stay warm then they should get in touch with Cosy Kingdom for help and support.

That is the message from Fife MSP Alex Rowley who learned of what can be offered by the organisation.

On a recent visit to the free and impartial energy and debt advice service, Kelty based Alex Rowley MSP had the opportunity to see first-hand the work they do to help support people in need.

Speaking about the visit, Mr Rowley said: “For a lot of people this winter it will be a struggle to heat their home, whether that is down to poor energy efficiency or a simple lack of money. However, I would urge anyone that finds themselves in this situation to get in touch with Cosy Kingdom.

“They can help with understanding energy bills, switching suppliers, help apply for a warm homes discount, check benefits eligibility and check funding and grants for new heating systems.

"They can even help install new lightbulbs, warm curtains and provide loans of space heaters, so anyone struggling should see if they can help them".

The MSP added: “There is something clearly wrong when people in this country cannot properly afford to heat their own homes in winter. "Successive Scottish Governments have failed to meet the targets on fuel poverty and this must be faced up to in the Parliament, but in the meantime, this winter, no one should suffer without help, and I would urge people to get in touch with Cosy Kingdom to find out how they can help”