Assisting B&NES on Local Energy (ABLE)
23 July 2020
CSE has been awarded a grant in the latest Energy Redress funding round to support older and disabled people in Bath & North East Somerset who are living in fuel poverty.
The funding will last for two years, during which time we'll offer support through our usual channels of casework, home visits, and outreach. This will include ensuring that people aren't paying more for their gas, oil or electricity than they could be, that they are getting the benefits they're entitled to, and that they apply for appropriate grants, for example for new and energy-efficient heating systems to replace cranky old and expensive ones.
Elliot Clark is one of our energy advisors who will be working on this project. "In addition to Eleanor Hodges, William Cotterill and me, we're strengthening the team in order to meet what we anticipate to be considerable demand for our services. Research suggests that the number of people struggling to afford heating bills and experiencing the misery of a cold home is set to rise significantly this winter, and we are their lifeline.
"We'll be connecting with disability charites and services in the Bath area like Bath Carers Centre, Bath Disability Trust and B&NES Alzheimer’s’ Society to provide training and get referrals."