2 Organisations tackling fuel poverty in Scotland
2.2 Those needing support
2.2.1 Thomas Marnie
At the time of recording, Thomas Marnie was in his fifties. He had worked in a jute, and later a polypropylene fibre factory for 23 years. He developed emphysema and was retired on the grounds of ill health. He received incapacity benefit and a small works pension. Thomas had separated from his wife and, for a number of years, had lived in a single-room flat on a council estate in Dundee. After hearing his story, it takes little imagination to understand how he fell into a vicious cycle of debt. His gas was cut off because of an outstanding debt of £54. He was without gas for three years, at which point he turned to Ian Traenor for help. Apart from the gas bill, however, Mr Marnie had other debts, including several thousand pounds owed in Council Tax. With the help of Ian Traenor, Mr Marnie moved to a refurbished council flat not far from his previous address. You will hear how he and Ian Traenor approached his debt problems.