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ScottishPower Energy People Trust Donate £10 Million to Help Alleviate Fuel Poverty

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is celebrating a major milestone having donated more than £10milion to grassroots organisations working to alleviate fuel poverty across the UK. 

The registered charity which works to help people whose lives have been affected by fuel poverty has reached and exceed the milestone by awarding £10,691,776 to more than 200 community based projects.

Funding has helped more than 1.6 million people across Britain through projects which are designed and delivered to reduce fuel poverty.

Support is provided through grassroots organisations and targeted at those who are on low incomes, live in poor housing or suffer ill-health.  Fuel poverty is influenced by three key factors – the cost of fuel, the income of the household and the energy efficiency of the home.

Policies and programmes designed to tackle fuel poverty aim to help fuel poor households achieve “affordable warmth”, where acceptable levels of heating and normal appliance use cost less than 10% of household income. 

Recent Department for Work and Pensions figures released highlight that between £7.52 billion and £12.31 billion of benefits were left unclaimed for 2009/10.    Many of the funded projects are therefore aimed at maximising incomes, in particular by helping people to apply for benefits they are entitled to which will then help to lift them out of fuel poverty.

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

“We are absolutely delighted to reach our £10million funding milestone.  People the length and breadth of the country have been helped by funded organisations working to alleviate fuel poverty.

“ScottishPower Energy People Trust is dedicated to addressing the issues that cause fuel poverty.  It’s a very stressful time for families, the elderly or any household, when they are spending more than 10% of their income on their fuel bills and we are endeavouring to reduce that stress for them by working with local organisations which can help them tackle their specific issues.”

Tuesday, April 10, 2012