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Blackpool Residents Secure An Additional £629,000 In Benefits To Tackle Fuel Poverty

Age UK Blackpool & District has successfully helped thousands of people in the local area through its ‘Warmth for Well-Being Project’ funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Launched in October 2010, the Warmth for Well-Being Project was awarded £47,505 over a two year period from the Trust to employ two part-time advisors to help tackle fuel poverty in the area. 

Since then, the project has supported some of the most vulnerable individuals and families living in the local community and has so far helped residents to access £629,115 in additional benefits or energy saving measures which has led to a better standard of living for more than 2,250 people.

The ‘Warmth for Well-Being Project’ provides an information and outreach service on a wide range of energy efficiency issues, including cavity wall and loft insulation, benefit health checks to ensure people are claiming funds they are entitled to, income maximisation advice, as well as helping people living in fuel poverty to obtain the best energy deals by getting them on to better tariffs.

To date, the project has held 115 events within the Blackpool area at local primary schools, community centres, church halls and libraries, to ensure residents living in fuel poverty are aware of the help and funding available.

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

“It is really positive news that Age UK Blackpool & District has been able to maximise incomes in the area by a total of £629,115 so far.  We’re extremely pleased that our funding will be helping to lift local people out of fuel poverty and enable them to have a better standard of living.

“Projects such as this provide important information about accessing benefits people are entitled to and the correct information about the best energy deals and energy saving measures and as such are a valuable resource in many communities.”

Joan Rose, senior manager at Age UK Blackpool & District, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support for this project.  All the excellent work we have undertaken to help people from the area would not have been possible without this much needed funding.

“Our project will continue until October 2012, and we hope to help many more people to maximise their incomes before then. In total we have advised more than 5,560 vulnerable individuals living in fuel poverty in Blackpool, which doesn’t include the many more we have referred on to partner organisations such as the NHS, Blackpool Care and Repair and Social Services where they can receive additional support.”

Thursday, May 17, 2012