Funding Boost for Fuel Poor Families in Edinburgh

Charities in Edinburgh have benefited from over £60,000 in funding, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Community One Stop Shop Project, covering North Sighthill and Broomhouse in Edinburgh, recently received £30,000 to provide help, information and support in the surrounding areas.

The grant will be primarily used to provide advice to locals who are struggling with their bills and debts. It will enable the group to carry out benefit health checks, income maximisation exercises and communicate advice on energy efficiency.

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

“We are delighted to be able to assist these projects.

“The Trust is something special as it helps fuel-poor households, through funding not-for-profit organisations.
“Four different types of project 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.”

The Community One Stop Shop aims to target families with young children, young people setting up home for the first time and vulnerable older people.

When complete, the project is expected to assist approximately 450 individuals in the area.

Another organisation in the Edinburgh area to benefit from the Trust is the Granton Information Centre, which secured another years funding of over £30,000 to carry on tackling fuel poverty in the north of Edinburgh, through income maximisation, health checks and raising awareness regarding energy efficiency.

The additional funding means the project may be able to assist a further 350 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, July 01, 2009