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Harrow Citizens Advice Bureau has secured substantial funding to help alleviate fuel poverty in the local area.

The organisation has been awarded a funding boost of £71,269 over three years from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help Harrow’s most vulnerable families.

The registered charity received funding for its Fuel Poverty project which began in January to provide advice services to families struggling with fuel poverty. It is hoped that over 1000 people will be helped through the initiative.

Three key focuses of the project will be income maximisation, advice on dealing with fuel debt and energy efficiency advice.  Income maximisation help will ensure that local families are able to claim what they are entitled to and this will provide advice on all benefits and tax credits including disability benefits.

Advice on dealing with fuel debt will help families clear their debts and enable them to budget in the future with a clean slate. All families requiring assistance will be able to access energy efficiency advice focusing on saving energy in the home as well as information on budgeting for fuel bills.

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

“We’re very pleased to support Harrow Citizens Advice Bureau and fund its Fuel Poverty project.  Families struggle with fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income is spent on energy usage and we work to alleviate this through grassroots organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

“The CAB already makes a difference to the lives of many people in the Harrow area and we’re delighted that with the help of our funding it will be able to target and further develop some of this assistance towards alleviating fuel poverty.”

Jill Harrison, Chief Executive of Harrow Citizens Advice Bureau, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.  It will enable us to reach more families and help them to find extra income from unclaimed benefits they are entitled to and help lift them out of fuel poverty.

“We have employed a part-time project worker with the funding which will allow our clients to get the best possible information for their energy advice needs.  People in the Harrow area can contact us via our website to set up a one-to-one appointment to discuss their concerns and how to tackle them.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2012