Uk news Scots with prepay meters in line for emergency support to stay connected MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Nearly half a million pounds is being given by the Scottish Government to a charity providing same-day support for households in fuel poverty.
Breaking News ! Scots struggling to heat their homes will benefit from the first share of a £7million fund to tackle fuel poverty. The Fuel Bank Foundation is getting £444,500 to reach people who need help topping up prepayment meters to avoid being disconnected. The cash will also help people who rely on solid fuel to stay warm, often in remote areas. It's part of a larger winter funding package announced by the Scottish Government in November aimed at people on lower incomes and children at risk of being homeless. Matthew Cole, chair of trustees at Fuel Bank Foundation, said the emergency cash comes just as people feel the pinch from increased winter fuel costs and the coronavirus pandemic. Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish politics headlines with our new daily newsletter Read More Related Articles Cash-strapped Scottish councils warn communities could be 'damaged' if government funding is not increased "Tighter Covid-19 restrictions will mean people spending more time at home and therefore using more energy on heating and lighting and putting extra pressure on their already stretched finances," he said. "As a charitable trust we rely on funding from central and devolved government, local authorities, energy companies, and other charitable organisations.
Aileen Campbell in the debating chamber at Holyrood
Aileen Campbell, the Scottish Government communities secretary, said: “We know the economic impact of the pandemic is taking its toll and this, combined with increased fuel bills as people spend more time at home, can lead people to struggle. “The £7 million part of our overall winter support package is being targeted to help those most at need. It complements ongoing work, which includes our Fuel Poverty Act, the most comprehensive legislation of its kind in the UK. “It will complement the other measures we are funding through the £100 million winter package, which will help those on low incomes, children and people at risk of homelessness or social isolation cope with winter weather and the economic impact of coronavirus and Brexit. “The Fuel Bank Foundation does tremendous work to help some of the people most impacted by fuel poverty, including those living in remote and rural areas. I am confident this initial funding award will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Source = MetiNews.Com