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Torbay Citizen’s Advice Bureau has today announced that hundreds of families across the local area are receiving extra support thanks to its energy advice project funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. So far the project has helped 431 local people maximise their income by over £317,794 through accessing additional benefits, grants and energy efficiency.

The project works in partnership with local GP surgeries and volunteers to reach families in the most deprived areas of Torbay. Its key beneficiaries include families with young children and people suffering with long term illness or disability. For these people making ends meet can be a real struggle and the project aims to help relieve some of the financial pressure.

The project kicked off in April 2013 thanks to £45,000 funding from the Trust, spread over two years. As a result the bureau has been able to help some of the area’s most vulnerable families with advice and practical knowledge on everything from applying for grants to being energy efficient in the home. The service has proved to be a huge benefit to people in Torbay and plans to help hundreds more over the next year.

John Cooper, from Torbay Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said: “Over the past few years we are seeing increasing numbers of people struggling to make ends meet. This project has enabled us to assist people maximise their income, help with basic household costs and identify schemes and initiatives that can make a real difference. These include discounts on energy bills, grants, changing tariffs and accessing schemes for home improvement works which will help improve energy efficiency. We aim to give practical help that will improve families’ everyday lives.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The Torbay Citizen’s Advice Bureau is a key cornerstone of the local community, helping local people through a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialised energy advice to those who are particularly vulnerable in the community and we are delighted to continue to support this valuable project.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014