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£40,000 funding from ScottishPower Energy People Trust helps vulnerable residents

Today, the Stirling Citizens’ Advice Bureau, hosted members of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to showcase the huge difference it has made in the local community by tackling fuel poverty, over the past year.

The fuel poverty maximisation project identifies and supports families and elderly people in Stirling experiencing fuel poverty. In its first year, the project has been a great success thanks to funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The Trust represented on the day by Ann Loughrey and Carol Dunne, has granted the project £40,000 over two years, benefiting 1,025 people already, with one year left to run.

The grant has allowed the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to employ a specialist Fuel Power Maximisation Worker to work within the local community, giving energy efficiency advice to vulnerable residents on how to maximise their finances and sustain energy payments as well as tips on how to make their homes more energy efficient and save money.
The service also helps the most vulnerable members of the local community who are living in housing unfit for human habitation as a result of outdated heating systems, dampness or mould.

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive Officer at the CAB said: “We were delighted to meet with the members of the Energy People Trust and exhibit just how we’ve been helping families across Stirling. The trustees also met with some of our clients and heard first-hand about the positive impact the project has had on their day-to-day lives.

“The funding received from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has helped establish a service that local people can really benefit from and often one that is a real life line for those that may find it difficult to juggle between heating and eating. The rising costs of fuel and food, the continuing bite if the recession, falling income levels and the impact of Welfare reforms further exacerbate the problem of fuel poverty for many people. We are very grateful to the Scottish Power Energy People Trust for funding this vital service.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The Stirling Citizens’ Advice Bureau is already well-established in the area offering local residents a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they can continue to provide specialised income maximisation and energy efficiency advice to those who are vulnerable in the community and we are delighted to continue to support this worthwhile project.”

About The ScottishPower Energy People Trust
The ScottishPower Energy People Trust funds registered charities that help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty. Since forming in November 2005, the Trust has provided over £11.6 million to 244 projects across Britain, helping more than 1.5 million people. The Trust is funded by ScottishPower and voluntary donations from independent supporters.

Friday, June 14, 2013