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Funding Boost for Fuel Poor Families in Caithness

A charity in Caithness has benefited from nearly £90,000 in funding, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Caithness Energy Advice Project, which will be managedby the Ormlie Community Association, recently received nearly £90,000 to carry out energy surveys for vulnerable households.

The 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 External Business and Community Relations and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said:

“We are delighted to be able to assist this project.

“The Trust is something special as it helps fuel-poor households, through funding not-for-profit organisations.
“Four different types of projects are supported by The Trust, those which provide crisis funding, benefits entitlement checks, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.”

It is estimated that approximately a fifth of the population in Caithness is fuel poor and the funding given by The Trust hopes to alleviate this, through giving advice on power tariffs, energy efficiency measures and grants available to those in fuel poverty.

Research is also being undertaken with the aim of improving housing design in addition the funding will provide a full time or two part-time posts to implement the project.

When complete, the Caithness Energy Advice Project is expected to assist approximately 2,000 individuals in the area.

So far, The Trust has awarded a staggering £2.7m to 69 projects, assisting over 129,000 individuals in almost 50,000 households across Britain.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007