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New grant to help Haringey residents escape fuel poverty

More than 1,000 Haringey residents are set to be warmer at home this winter, thanks to a grant from the UK’s biggest electricity network operator which has shared nearly £370,000 among 24 community projects this year.

From Press releases - 5 November 2019 12:00 AM

UK Power Networks has awarded £20,000 through its Power Partners scheme, to local Community Interest Company, Public Voice. The company will use the grant to train staff and volunteers to give energy advice at eight workshops. They will also take part in borough-wide events to promote and provide energy advice at Stay Well This Winter 2019 and Haringey Advice Day in March 2020 as well as contacting individual residents living in fuel poverty to provide energy advice and practical support.

Eamonn England, communications manager of Public Voice CIC said: “This grant will enable us to build energy resilience by providing energy advice for people in Haringey who are living in fuel poverty. Haringey is the sixth most deprived borough in London and the Power Partner funding programme will benefit those on low incomes, hard to reach groups, and people living in high levels of deprivation.”

He added: In 2017 Haringey had over 15,000 households living in fuel poverty, but with this grant we will be able to help keep people warm in their homes which will ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of Haringey residents and bring about positive change.”

The Power Partners fund was launched this year to help local groups and charities make their buildings more energy efficient, or train advisors to help residents escape fuel poverty. This second round of grants sees a total of £113,608 awarded, with UK Power Networks committing to the fund until 2023. The company delivers electricity across London, the East and South East regardless of who residents pay their energy bills to.

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “After a highly successful first round of Power Partners funding, we are delighted to award eight more organisations with grants. We’ve already had some fantastic feedback from previous Power Partners recipients.”

Power Partners will reopen for more applications in February 2020. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) for updates and more information

*Fuel poverty means being unable to afford to keep your home warm and dry.