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WEST NORTHUMBERLAND RESIDENTS SECURE AN ADDITIONAL £273,000 IN BENEFITS

West Northumberland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has been helping people in the local area through its Fuel Efficiency Project funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Hexham based CAB project was awarded £19,209 over two years from the Trust to employ a part time case worker to help tackle fuel poverty in the area. 

This project has so far enabled residents to access £273,000 in additional benefits or energy saving measures which has allowed for a better standard of living. Therefore, every £1 invested in the fuel efficiency project has brought a £14 benefit to those helped by the scheme to date.

West Northumberland households have been able to access support through the case worker who liaised with clients to improve and/or reduce the energy consumption in their homes, helped clients to obtain the best energy deals on the internet, resolved client fuel poverty by negotiating with energy suppliers to get them on better tariffs or write off long standing energy debts and advised on energy saving measures.

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

“It is really positive news that West Northumberland CAB has been able to maximise incomes in the area by a total of £273,000 so far.  We’re extremely pleased that our funding will be helping to lift local people out of fuel poverty and enable them to have a better standard of living.

“Projects such as this provide important information about accessing benefits people are entitled to and the correct information about the best energy deals and energy saving measures and as such are a valuable resource in many communities.”

Roger Braybrook, Manager of West Northumberland Citizens Advice Bureau, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for their support for this project.  All the excellent work we have undertaken to help people from the area would not have been possible without their funding.

“Our project is scheduled to complete at the end of February 2012 and we hope to help many more people to maximise their incomes before then.  One of the many highlights of the project was helping one client to increase their income by £7000 per annum by accessing benefits they were entitled to.”

Tuesday, January 10, 2012