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Local organisation Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT) has announced that over 7,000 individuals across Bradford have benefitted from its support through a recent energy advice project.

‘Warm Homes, Healthy Children’ kicked off in October 2014, thanks to almost £32,000 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The project was created to support families with children under-5 in a bid to reduce their energy bills.
The project collaborated with children and family centres across the city to help train staff in order to provide confidential advice on energy matters. The staff provide advice to the public to help reduce energy bills, offer guidance on maximising income and ensure they have access to funds available for energy efficient household equipment.

Kate Unwin, Energy Projects Manager, BEAT, said: “The grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has enabled us to provide direct advice and support to some of Bradford’s lowest income families. Our core work of income maximisation, grant applications and energy efficiency advice and measures has increased the income of many families, helping them reduce their energy bills, ensuring they have cosy homes.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The ‘Warm Homes, Healthy Children’ project represents values at the heart of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Thanks to funding from the Trust, the team has been able to provide specialist financial and energy advice to families who are particularly vulnerable in the local community. We are delighted to support this extremely worthwhile project and it’s encouraging to see such great results.”

Tuesday, April 05, 2016