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Prevention of Fuel Poverty is Top of the Agenda for Ayr Lochside Residents

Thousands of vulnerable households in Ayr Lochside are to benefit from a grant of £100,000 to help keep homes warm and save money. 

The Ayr Lochside Community Energy Project will be using the funding to offer free insulation measures to those in need and tips on energy efficiency to help households make the most of the energy they use and their household income in the long term. 

The project, which is managed by a team at the Energy Agency, has been awarded almost £100,000 in funding, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

With South Ayrshire Council estimating the fuel poverty index of the Ayr Lochside area to be 58 per cent, the timing of the grant is crucial in order to prevent homes from suffering further.

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:

“We are delighted to be able to assist this project and are positive that the grant will make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Ayr Lochside.

“The Trust is something special as it helps end fuel poverty by providing financial assistance to Charities and not for profit organisations who deal directly with individuals affected by it.”

“Different types of support are provided, including crisis funding, benefits entitlement check, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.”

The Ayr Lochside Community Energy Project is using the funding to carry out energy efficiency surveys on around 2,000 households in the area which do not meet insulation standards.

The surveys will allow households in need of free insulation to be identified and all homes will receive a copy of the energy efficiency report including advice on measures to reduce fuel bills and maximise income.

The year-long project is expected to assist over 4,000 individuals in the area, with nearly 2,000 households benefiting.

So far, the ScottishPower Energy PeopleTrust has awarded a staggering £3.2m to 82 projects across Britain, assisting over 206,000 individuals in over 85,000 households.

Every household in Ayr Lochside will receive a letter advising them of the project.  For more information on how you can benefit from this initiative, please contact Michael Carr at the Energy Agency on 01292 521896.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008