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New grant to help residents reduce energy bills and stay warm

A food bank and a community energy group in South-West London are using a new grant to help people living in fuel poverty.

From Press releases - 5 November 2019 12:00 AM

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Thinking Works and CREW Energy have received more than £30,000 from UK Power Networks, the UK’s biggest distributor of electricity, to accelerate community projects which also help enable London’s transition to a low-carbon and sustainable future.

Residents in Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth will receive personalised support for switching energy suppliers, advice on energy efficiency measures and behaviour, and if appropriate they will be advised by trusted organisations about debts, renewable energy and how to use less energy. The goal is to help those in fuel poverty reduce their energy costs and have warmer homes.

Giles Read, director at Thinking Works, said: “We’ve wanted to build closer links with food banks for a long time and UK Power Networks Power Partners fund will enable us to do this across South West London. The Power Partners fund will help us support users of food banks to lower energy consumption, increase income, and access grants to ensure lasting improvements to the lives of those most in need.”

Tim Watson, chairman of CREW Energy, said: “This funding has allowed us to reach the people of Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth on a wider, more effective scale; we can provide comprehensive training for increasing numbers of energy advisors to help run more regular energy cafes, supporting vulnerable residents as and when they need us.”

Launched earlier this year, Power Partners helps fund organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to run. It is worth £300,000 a year in total and is available to community organisations across the South East, London and East of England.

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We had a fantastic response to our new Power Partners fund and choosing what projects to support was quite a task. The money will be put to excellent use by delivering projects that will make a lasting contribution in providing extra help and support to some of our most vulnerable customers.

“We already serve at least 1.7 million people living in vulnerable circumstances by providing additional support and advice on energy matters via our Priority Services Register. We recognise there are wider communities that could benefit from extra help via our Power Partners fund to reduce energy bills or help to make community spaces more energy efficient.”