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YPEOPLE SECURE FUNDING TO HELP THOSE IN FUEL POVERTY

The registered charity will use the funding to provide energy efficiency advice services to over 1200 people who are currently, or will be in the future, residing within its supported accommodation services across central Scotland.

By providing this advice and implementation of energy saving initiatives Ypeople aims to significantly reduce its energy bills, the impact on the environment and its carbon footprint.

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

“We are delighted to fund this new energy saving initiative run by Ypeople.  A large part of the project is about energy saving advice and education and we’re positive that with the money provided Ypeople will be working to help alleviate fuel poverty for its clients.  We wish the organisation well in providing valuable advice to service users to help them manage their electricity usage.”

Joe Connolly, Chief Executive of Ypeople Glasgow, said: 

“When our service users move into their own home one of the things they find difficult is managing finances.  They have little or no knowledge of climate change or energy efficiency methods and unfortunately this can often lead to them falling into fuel poverty.

“Things like leaving lights on when out, drying clothes from dripping wet, leaving televisions on standby and opening windows to cool down warm rooms are a few of the actions that can lead to excessive energy usage and fuel poverty.

“Education and information sessions will make a real difference in ensuring that people from our services will avoid fuel poverty and be able to manage their finances better.”

As part of its sustainable development strategy, Ypeople will also offer an educational service to people using its services as part of a holistic support package to help them to secure a home of their own.

Established in November 2005, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust provides vital funding for 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.

To date, the Trust has awarded £8.9million to 172 projects helping over 1,503,205 individuals in over 1,258,822 households throughout Britain.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is an independent charity funded by ScottishPower and through voluntary donations from individual supporters.

For further information on the Trust, please visit: www.energypeopletrust.com 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011