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Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau Secures £41,000

Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau has been provided with significant funding to help tackle fuel poverty in the local area.

The charitable organisation, which runs advice centres across Manchester, has been awarded £41,393 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help local families increase their incomes and create affordable warmth for everyone.

Manchester Citizens Advice project will work in partnership with Children’s Centres to offer a variety of advice services which will help families according to the needs of their individual household circumstances. 

Families will be able to access advice on how to maximise their incomes through welfare benefits they are entitled to, financial education and debt management advice, and information will be provided on energy efficiency measures.

Clients can access the service through individual appointments, drop-in sessions and group work programmes.

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

“We’re very pleased to support Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and fund its partnership with Children’s Centres as it aims to support the individual needs of more than 300 struggling households in the area.

“Ordinary families are affected by fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income is spent on energy usage.  We work to create affordable warmth for all and alleviate the causes of poverty through grassroots organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau.

“The CAB already provides significant help to citizens of Manchester and we’re delighted that with the help of our funding, it will be able to further develop some of this assistance towards alleviating fuel poverty amongst families.”

Andy Brown, Chief Executive of Manchester 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 work with them to help them manage their finances more effectively.

“We are in the process of making our existing centres bigger as well as opening new bureaux across the city, giving citizens more opportunities to make use of our services.

“Manchester residents can contact us via our website  to set up a one-to-one appointment to discuss their concerns and how best to tackle them.”

Thursday, July 12, 2012