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Bristol Debt Advice Centre receive £45k of funding from ScottishPower Energy People Trust

Bristol Debt Advice Centre’s Energy Advice Project has secured £45,000 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The project, which was launched six years ago, received the funds to provide advice to people who are in, or at risk of fuel poverty.  By offering a range of services the Energy Advice Project is working to help people avoid and address fuel poverty and debt.

Funding from ScottishPower’s Energy People Trust will help the project expand its crisis grants for household items, increase its stay and play advice sessions at children’s and family centres and allow for one-to-one energy efficiency and debt advice, and provide frontline worker training.

The Energy Advice Project is based in Bristol and helps people with the greatest need in areas including the South East Bristol area, Bath & North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.

A range of free services are available to clients to help them address fuel poverty and debt. These help to create an understanding of how to manage energy consumption and bill payments and where to get further specialist help and support if needed.

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

“Initiatives such as the Energy Advice Project run by the Bristol Debt Advice centre provide invaluable assistance to people who are in fuel poverty.  We are proud to support such a worthwhile project which helps many people who spend more than 10% of their income on fuel usage.”

Carol Alexander-Reid, Director at Bristol Debt Advice Centre, said: “We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for helping to fund our Energy Advice Project.  The charity’s support is of great help in enabling us to assist many people in the local area.
“Failing to address fuel management can lead to debt problems and inability to manage the home. We are working to improve understanding of fuel issues so many more people will have increased disposable income and thus more to spend in local shops and businesses which will in turn provide a boost to the local economy.”

Sunday, July 31, 2011