Funding Boost for Fuel Poor Families in Scottish Rural Communities

The RSABI (Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution) charity has benefited from nearly £50,000 in funding, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The RSABI Fuel Poverty Fund recently secured another years funding to continue the service which provides a crisis fund to assist vulnerable customers in rural areas across Scotland.

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 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.”

The crisis fund will be used to pay fuel bills for people experiencing severe hardship and who are living in fuel poverty. These payments will be made directly to fuel providers.

In addition to the fund, the service will also provide benefit health checks and assistance to ensure individuals apply for energy grants to which they are eligible.

The RSABI Fuel Poverty Fund will continue to assist families with young children and the elderly living on extremely low incomes and is expected to assist a further 250 individuals.

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