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Power to the People of Powys

Power (Powys Economic Rescue), which is a county-wide project based in Machynlleth, has recently benefited from over £12,000 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

As an added bonus, the Trust has also donated 50 energy efficient light bulbs to the project, which is part of the Canolfan Cynghori Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre. These can save up to £100 over the lifetime of the bulb.

POWER aims to reduce fuel poverty by maximising household incomes through ensuring that people receive all the benefits and other forms of assistance they are entitled to. The project is aiming to help almost 400 households.

The grant will also fund a project worker who will provide and publicise regular benefit check sessions and help those people not presently claiming their benefits to make applications.

In addition to this, the project worker will provide information on methods of reducing utility bills by saving energy and money advice to help people budget their incomes, therefore reducing the likelihood of fuel poverty.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, grants funds to projects around Britain that primarily help young people and families as well as other vulnerable groups whose energy bills are more than 10 per cent of their income and who struggle to pay.

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 support this project financially.

“By ensuring that local residents are receiving the benefits they are entitled to and giving them clear-cut advice on how to reduce utility bills, this will allow them to manage their finances better, therefore in the long-run, helping to alleviate fuel poverty.”

With the funding, POWER also plans to organise outreach sessions, in conjunction with other groups, such as Age Concern, to be arranged at various locations, including Canolfan Iechyd Glantwymyn, Canolfan Iechyd Machynlleth, Corris and Tywyn.
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Gordon Hughes, Specialist Money Advice Case Worker, at Canofan Cynghori Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre, said: “The funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust will bring hope to hundreds of residents across Powys.

“We are very grateful for the funding and additional energy saving light bulbs, which we are looking to give out during the outreach sessions.

“Over the long-term, we hope that the people of Powys will make use of the advice we will be offering through POWER therefore steering clear of fuel poverty.”

For further information on The Trust visit www.energypeopletrust.co.uk.

For further information on POWER, please contact Gordon Hughes, on 01654 702 485 or email postroom@dyfi-advice.freeserve.co.uk

Monday, July 06, 2009