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Local organisation Keeping Erewash Warm has announced that 150 families across Derbyshire have benefitted from its support; with households an average £61 per month better off.

Keeping Erewash Warm kicked off in October 2014, thanks to almost £17,000 funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The project was created to support the area’s most vulnerable people, including low-income families and the elderly, in a bid to reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer.

The local community has benefited from confidential advice to help reduce energy bills, offer guidance on maximising income and ensure they are aware of funds available for energy efficient household equipment. In addition, clients were offered a fuller understanding of energy bills in order to reduce their outgoings and ultimately improve the wellbeing of vulnerable people in one of the countries lowest-income areas.

Kath Jackson, Centre Manager, Keeping Erewash Warm, said: “The grant from the ScottishPower Energy Trust has enabled us to provide direct advice and support to some of Erewash’s most vulnerable people. Our core work of income maximisation, grant applications and energy efficiency measures has increased the income of many residents, helped reduce their energy bills and ensured they have warm homes.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The Keeping Erewash Warm project represents values at the heart of the Energy People Trust. Thanks to funding from the Trust, the team has been able to provide specialist financial and energy advice to those who are particularly vulnerable in the local community. An extra £61 a month can make a real difference to families in need. We are delighted to support this extremely worthwhile project and it’s encouraging to see such great results.”

Thursday, January 28, 2016