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Grant will help older people to beat fuel poverty

Thousands of older people in London are to benefit from energy saving tips to help tackle fuel poverty thanks to a cash grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 18 August 2014 12:00 AM

Thousands of older people in London are to benefit from energy saving tips to help tackle fuel poverty thanks to a cash grant from UK Power Networks.

The company, which distributes electricity to customers across the capital, has given £9800 from its Power of Giving Fund to Age UK London.

The money will go towards the charity’s “Energy Efficiency in Later Life” project, which will provide energy efficiency advice and money saving tips.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million people in East Anglia, London and the South East. Through the fund, it aims to contribute to community projects, particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

The £300,000 fund is allocated in equal measure to the three regions that UK Power Networks covers so schemes in London are eligible for £100,000 of the total fund.

Age UK London intends to hold 12 events during the next six months, aimed at the 65+ age group, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable and/or isolated.

Two sessions will also be set up specifically for older people’s organisations to spread awareness of being energy efficient and help people reduce their fuel bills.

Kathleen Egan, programmes and capacity manager at Age UK London, said: “We’re really grateful to have this support from UK Power Networks, to enable us to reach thousands more older people in the capital and help them tackle some of their energy issues.

“Cutting your energy bills down and making them affordable doesn’t have to mean making big changes – small measures can save money too. These funds will enable us to get this message out there, as well as providing the information and support to enable people to make these changes – changes that for many older people can be life-changing.”

Matt Rudling, UK Power Networks director of customer services, said: “We are delighted to award this money. Community projects, such as the one set up by Age UK London, are so important and require a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved. The Power of Giving Fund is our way of giving something back to the communities where we live and work.”

Any local group, based in the areas that UK Power Networks covers, can apply for a grant from the company’s Power of Giving Fund, providing they fulfil one of the following criteria:
• A registered charity
• A not for profit community organisation
• A parish or town council
• A social enterprise
• A not-for-profit educational establishment