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Poole residents being lifted out of fuel poverty with an additional £1 million of benefits

A POOLE based project, which started in January 2010, has helped local residents secure over £1 million of additional benefits entitlement.

Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) was provided with £91,741 of funding over three years from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help alleviate fuel poverty. To date PHP has already helped 1,389 people secure over £1 million of benefits.

The project employs a full time fuel and benefits health check officer, who carries out free welfare benefits checks actively engaging with vulnerable residents to reduce their fuel poverty by increasing their disposable income.  The project worker helps many hard to reach people in the community to tackle fuel poverty, increasing their social inclusion and improving the quality of their lives.

Local residents can access a range of advice, information and services to improve home energy efficiency and during the course of the project, many people have benefited from PHP’s fuel poverty initiatives

Coffee mornings, five fun-days and 12 events at sheltered housing schemes have been carried out to help residents seeking fuel poverty advice. In addition, PHP’s local community representatives organised 89 household visits to provide tailored energy advice and install energy meters in homes.

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

“Funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to PHP has made a significant difference to over 1,300 people and we are delighted to have been able to support the project.

“The fuel poverty initiative is a great success in Poole helping PHP residents and those in need to maximise their incomes and receive essential energy advice. This is a very strong project which ensures as many vulnerable people as possible have access to the information and assistance they need to keep their homes warm.

“The project has been very successful so far with over £10 of additional benefits claimed for local residents for every £1 of funding donated by the Trust.  We’re sure this excellent work will continue in the third year of the project and hope that it helps many more of Poole’s residents.”

Sue Phillips, Head of Performance and IT at Poole Housing Partnership, said:

“We’d like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its funding assistance.  This additional money has made a huge difference to people in Poole with over 1,300 people receiving fuel poverty advice.

“We are confident the final year of the project will help further families and residents reduce their fuel bills and maximise their incomes. Our project has a strong record of helping vulnerable groups secure unclaimed benefits with over £1million claimed during the first two years of our project.”
 
Poole residents can find further information by visiting www.yourphp.org.uk 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012