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£70k turns into £750,000 for Neath Port Talbot Residents

The ‘Fuelling Kids’ project was provided with £70,000 of funding by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help families with benefit health checks, debt and energy efficiency advice.  Over 3000 people have been contacted since the initiative began in 2009 enabling them to access £750,000 in unclaimed benefits.

Funding was used to employ a project worker to help people requiring support.  Clients are contacted through partnership working with organisations such as schools and by running and attending events including advice surgeries.

The programme focuses on areas with the greatest need due to multiple deprivation including Briton, Ferry West, Neath East, Upper Afan Valley, Neath Town Centre, Cwmafan, Sandfields & Aberafan, Dulais Valley, Amman Valley, Cimla and Pelenna.

Events have so far been held in 17 schools in the Communities First areas.  Sports days, parent’s evenings, and coffee mornings are all used by project staff to meet parents and provide assistance and advice to those who require it most.  

As a result of accessing the advice service, many clients will have and increased income and thus more to spend in local shops and businesses therefore providing a boost to the local economy.

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

“We’re delighted that funding the ScottishPower Energy People Trust provided has made such an immense difference to people in Neath Port Talbot.  Many people in the areas helped were in fuel poverty with more than 10% of their income being spent on energy usage - it’s good to know that advice provided has enabled them to access additional benefits they were entitled to.”

Jackie Hankins, Welfare Rights Manager at Neath Port Talbot Council, said:

“We’d like to thank the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for the funding provided.  A large amount of people in the local area have been helped by this project and advice we provided and I’m sure they will continue to benefit in the longer term.” 

Established in November 2005, the ScottishPower 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 £8.95 million to 172 projects helping over 1,503,205 people in 1,258,822 households throughout Britain.

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

For further information on the Trust, please visit: www.energypeopletrust.com 

Friday, April 08, 2011