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Funding boost for vulnerable East Ayrshire residents

Eradicating fuel poverty is at the top of the agenda for the Princess Royal Trust, East Ayrshire Carers Centre.

The Eliminating Poverty Project, launched yesterday, received £80,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to carry out benefit health checks and income maximisation to families registered at the Centre.

The project, which will be delivered by the East Ayrshire Carers Centre, was launched at their offices in Kilmarnock, which Provost Stephanie Young and various local Councillors attended.

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:

“Fuel poverty is an issue which affects over 2 million households across Britain. The aim of the Trust is to help end fuel poverty by providing financial assistance to charities and not for profit organisations who deal directly with individuals affected by it.

“Being able to manage finances successfully will make a huge difference to vulnerable people in East Ayrshire and it’s important that the advice they are given will be useful in the long term as this will help prevent fuel poverty occurring in the future.”

The Princess Royal Trust, East Ayrshire Carers Centre provides help, support and information to those caring for relatives, friends or neighbours who otherwise may be unable to manage themselves.

In particular, the Eliminating Poverty Project, which received financial assistance from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, will provide training and education programmes in subjects such as Money Management, to allow the Carers to manage their finances on an ongoing basis, help to identify and support new carers and support families in a crisis situation such as fuel arrears, debt and eviction.

Jane Smith, Centre Manager of The Princess Royal Trust, East Ayrshire Carers Centre, said:

“The funding given to our project by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust will give significant assistance to young carers and adult carers as well as family members whose lives are affected by their caring responsibilities.

“The work of a Carer is obviously a very important role and it can be difficult to secure funding to assist them.

“Having this money will open many gates for The Princess Royal Trust, East Ayrshire Carers Centre and we are looking forward to the positive impact it will create.”

When complete, the project is expected to assist nearly 500 households in East Ayrshire, from Lugton to Dalmellington.

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

For further information on the Eliminating Poverty Project, please contact 01563 571 533.

Thursday, November 01, 2007