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Funding Boost For Bevan Foundation

THOUSANDS of households in Wales are set to benefit from a donation given by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to fund a charity project.

The Trust has awarded nearly £25,000 to The Bevan Foundation for its project “How Fuel Poor Households Manage Fuel Use and Bills”. The initiative aims to reach nearly 350,000 households across the country. The pilot research will be carried out in three locations, one rural, one urban and one social housing estate.

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

“The work which has been carried out by the Bevan Foundation since it was launched in 2001 has had a significant impact on the lives of people in Wales and the issues they face.

“This is exactly the kind of project that the ScottishPower Energy People Trust looks for and we are delighted that we are able to help out.

“The Trust is something special as it helps end fuel poverty by providing financial assistance to Charities and not for profit organisations who deal directly with individuals affected by it.”
“Different types of support are provided, including crisis funding, benefits entitlement check, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty. The research carried out by the Bevan Foundation will help identify more people who are in need.”

The Bevan Foundation research project will investigate households and their management of fuel consumption, expenditure and awareness of advice and support to overcome fuel poverty.

Staff will interview people with the aim of understanding household perception and behaviour. The objective is to identify awareness of how fuel poor manage their fuel consumption.

Victoria Winckler, Director of the Bevan Foundation, said:

 “We’re delighted to receive funding from the Scottish Power Energy People Trust to support this project.  We are amazed how little is known about how households on low income manage their fuel and we hope our findings will help to target help more effectively.“

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was established in November 2005 to fund not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

When complete, the “How Fuel Poor Households Manage Fuel Use and Bills” project is expected to assist approximately 340,000 homes in the area.

Thursday, April 22, 2010