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Solas Secures More than £38K of funding

A DUMBARTON based project has secured substantial funding to help alleviate fuel poverty in West Central Scotland.

Solas, a registered charity, has been awarded £38,822 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help more than 1300 vulnerable residents.

Solas received funding to continue running the Home Energy Help! service which was previously funded by the Trust.  The award will enable Solas to continue to work with clients who are struggling with fuel poverty to provide face-to face in depth energy advice and support.

In addition to this advice, caseworkers will also provide expert advocacy support to the most vulnerable people with their energy-related concerns to resolve any ongoing issues. Project workers will also help by carrying out an account validation service to ensure that the client’s gas and electricity accounts are in order, that they are on the correct tariff and have up-to-date meter readings.

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

“We’re very pleased to continue our support of Solas and fund its Home Energy Help! project. People struggle with fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income is spent on energy usage and we work to alleviate this through grassroots organisations such as Solas.

“Solas already makes a difference to the lives of many people in the Dumbarton area and we’re delighted that with the help of our funding it will be able to target, continue and further develop its invaluable service to help alleviate fuel poverty.”

Aaron Marshall, Energy Advice and Advocacy Team Leader at Solas, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its continued support and funding.  It will enable us to reach many more people in the areas we cover and target our help towards alleviating their fuel poverty.

“Solas recognise the growing importance of energy in our day-to-day lives. Concerns over fuel costs, poor comfort levels, heat or eat to name a few have an impact on us all. In particular, we are aware of the increasing issues relating to these concerns for families with children.

“People living in West Central Scotland who are finding it difficult to manage their fuel bills can visit our website for information www.solas.biz or contact us on 0800 783 2817 to set up a one-to-one appointment or discuss their concerns and how to tackle them.

“In addition, 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 will benefit from our fuel poverty initiatives.”

For further information on Solas, please visit www.solas.biz

Thursday, June 28, 2012