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BEAT THE COLD, a registered charity based in Stoke-on-Trent, has secured substantial funding to help alleviate fuel poverty in Staffordshire.

The charity has been awarded a funding boost of £31,025 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help vulnerable households in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The organisation will receive funding for its Warm Moorlands Homes project, set to begin in March, which will provide expert energy advice to individuals and families struggling to afford to keep warm and well at home. It is hoped that over 700 people will be helped to maximise their incomes through the initiative.

Residents seeking support will be offered tailored energy assessments and access to benefit health checks.  Through the advice services the project will work to ensure that residents pay no more than they need to for their fuel and retain more of their household income. 
Energy advice experts will visit vulnerable homes to deliver effective energy advice in familiar surroundings and show residents first-hand about how best to use fuel and heating systems efficiently. Residents will gain valuable information and support to learn how to check bills and meters as well negotiate fuel tariffs and ensure energy efficiency measures are used and savings are gained.

Ann Loughrey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust Company Secretary, said:

“We’re very pleased to support Beat The Cold and fund the Warm Moorlands Homes project. Individuals struggle with fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income is spent on energy usage and we work to alleviate this through grassroots organisations such as this.

“Projects, such as the Warm Moorlands Homes, provide essential and accessible help for local residents to ensure they have the correct information when it comes to energy use. Beat The Cold has a strong reputation and long history of offering energy advice services.

“We are delighted that our funding will help the organisation to continue to work with those in need and help residents beat the cold with energy advice.”

Martin Chadwick, Chief Officer of BEAT THE COLD said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.  It will enable us to reach vulnerable residents and help them to find extra income from unclaimed benefits they are entitled to. The project will help residents control their spending on fuel and create warmer Moorland homes.”

Established in November 2005, the Scottish Power Energy People Trust provides vital funding for not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly, who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

To date, the Trust has awarded more than £9 million to 185 projects helping over 1,528,841 people in 1,276,021households throughout Britain.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is an independent charity funded by ScottishPower and through voluntary donations from individual supporters.

Friday, March 02, 2012