The ScottishPower Energy People Trust has issued its third grant in three years to help tackle fuel poverty in Scotland’s most isolated areas.
The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) has received £84,000 in grants since 2006 to operate a fuel poverty fund specifically for vulnerable people, especially the elderly, in rural or remote communities.
New funding of £34,500 from the Trust will enable the RSABI to continue its scheme, offering payments for fuel bills for 150 people in crisis, until May 2010.
John Macfarlane, Welfare Manager at RSABI, said: “We are entirely confident that this initiative has alleviated fuel poverty in isolated households across Scotland, who would otherwise have severely struggled to cope
“We are now looking forward to helping more people this coming winter and, thanks to the ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s continuing support, offering tariff checks and a supported referral to the Scottish Government’s Energy Assistance Package as well as fuel grants and a benefits check”
Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, added: “We have been impressed with the success of the RSABI Fuel Poverty Fund and are confident the service has made a real impact on the lives of hundreds of people.
“The Trust was set up specifically to award funds to projects dealing directly with vulnerable people – and RSABI has proved that this is the most successful way to help alleviate fuel poverty across the country.”
Expected Number of Individuals : 150
Expected Number of Households : 150
Trustees Meetings : 03/03/2009
Funding Amount Approved : 34500