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Funding Boost for Fuel Poor Families in Bolton

Bolton Council has benefited recently from over £70,000 in funding, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The funding will be used to deliver the Affordable Warmth – Community Training Scheme to help young people and families out of fuel poverty.

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.

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

“The Trust is something special as it helps fuel-poor households, through funding not-for-profit organisations.
“Different types of support are provided, including crisis funding, benefits entitlement check, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.

“We are delighted to be able to assist this project and encourage others in the area to be switched on when it comes to fuel poverty.

“This week is Energy Efficiency Week (22nd to 28th October) so it’s important  for everyone to be aware of how much energy they are using and could potentially save, making their homes more fuel efficient.”

The Affordable Warmth – Community Training Scheme will employ a staff member to set up, develop and run training programmes, which address each and every aspect of the causes of fuel poverty.

Energy Saver Packs, which contain energy efficient products such as light bulbs and standby plugs, will also be distributed to those taking part in the training.

The project will work with organisations such as The Energy Efficiency Advice Centre and Energywatch to generate referrals.  When complete the project is expected to assist approximately 200 individuals in the area.

So far, the Trust has awarded a staggering £3m to 76 projects across Britain, assisting over 137,000 individuals.

For more information about ways you can save money on your energy bills, please phone the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, on 0800 512012, or if you would like to know more about the project, please phone Bolton Council, on 01204 333333.

Saturday, October 06, 2007