Six welfare organisations share £76k to support fuel poor people and households

7 December 2018

We're pleased to be able to announce the successful applicants to the Energy Affordability Fund, funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by CSE.

The grant fund made awards of up to £20,000 available to organisations seeking to run initiatives that support fuel poor people and households, particularly by giving energy advice and services connected to the Priority Services Register (PSR). Applications closed at the end of October.

One of the successful applicants was Birmingham Disability Resource Centre who received £9,927 from the Energy Affordability Fund. A charity "run by disabled people, for disabled people" DBRC will use the money to - among other things - sign up 150 of the over 4,500 people they help each year to the Priority Service Register, give over 100 one-to-one advice sessions, deliver energy efficiency training to 40 frontline professionals and 100 vulnerable consumers.

A similar programme is underway at Action in Caerau and Ely who work in some of the most deprived communities in Cardiff. They received £17,536, some of which will be used to train a number of their volunteers in fuel poverty awareness.

The other winners include:

Act on Energy (£10,896).
Exeter Community Energy Ltd (£10,300).
North Warwickshire Citizens Advice (£15,133).
South Hams Citizens Advice Bureau (£13,044).

Grants were limited to organisations working within WPD's network area of the Midlands, South West England and Southern Wales, and were given to activities that met objectives such as identifying new registrants for the Priority Service Register, helping PSR-eligible households manage their bills and providing advice and support to enable vulnerable households to make energy efficiency improvements.

CSE's Rachel Haycock, who managed the fund, said "There are so many organisations out there doing great and inspiring work. We're confident that the six that we've selected will make good use of the grant and improve the lives of many people."

Grant recipients were be invited to attend a capacity building and knowledge sharing event run by CSE on 5 December 2018.

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