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New home visiting role in Enfield

A new home visit service to help those most at risk of fuel poverty is being offered by Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau thanks to a cash grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 18 February 2015 12:00 AM


A new home visit service to help those most at risk of fuel poverty is being offered by Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau thanks to a cash grant from UK Power Networks.

The company, which delivers electricity to eight million people in East Anglia, London and the South East, has given £8,940 to Enfield CAB.

The money will pay for an adviser who will, from next month, spend one day a week for a year visiting those in the borough who cannot otherwise access the bureau’s help advice and advocacy. They will advise housebound people on benefits and debt issues as well as energy efficiency, for example giving out thermometers so people can check their room temperatures and adjust their thermostats, advising on simple draught-proofing in immersion heater insulation and the benefits of low energy lightbulbs.

Jill Harrison, chief executive of Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “We’re really grateful to have this support from UK Power Networks, to enable us to reach some of the most vulnerable people in the borough and help them tackle some of their energy issues.

“These may be people who are most at risk of the cold in the winter – they are on low incomes, are relatively immobile and suffer from a range of pre-existing health conditions which make them more vulnerable.

“In a year, with this one day a week project we would aim to bring the CAB to the doorsteps of at least 90 of the most vulnerable people in our borough.”

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 Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau, 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.”

The fund aims to help community projects particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.