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Romford charity becomes a Power Partner to share energy advice

A Romford charity has secured a £5,000 grant to from the UK’s biggest electricity distributor to help combat the growing challenge of fuel poverty during the coronavirus pandemic.

From Press releases - 8 July 2020 12:00 AM


UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity across London, the South East and East of England to 8.3million customers, has made Fate Academy its latest Power Partner.

The charity, established five years ago, works closely with a range of individuals in Barking and Dagenham including refugees and asylum seekers, victims of domestic abuse crimes and the unemployed or isolated.

A new project will see the charity’s volunteers guide around 35 of those it supports to manage and reduce their fuel their bills by offering energy efficiency advice and information on how to switch to cheaper tariffs.

Kerry Potter, consumer vulnerability manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we re-purposed the Power Partners scheme to help the growing number of people are facing the prospect of fuel poverty.

“We understand how for some this will be the first time they might need to reach out for support as their financial and social circumstances have recently changed.

“It’s now available to organisations who find new ways to help those facing fuel poverty and the need to go to ‘safe’ community places to get advice and support.

“Many organisations need additional funding to adapt their operation for the current times. Power Partners is about developing partnerships to deliver real help to the local communities we serve.”

Carol Babalola, project manager for Fate Academy, said: “This grant will help to support ‘hard-to-reach’ or ‘seldom-heard’ communities, BAME, elderly, and people struggling to pay their bills due to the impact of COVID-19.  Partnering with UK Power Networks will make our job easier to support, give advice, and better reach the unreachable in the communities.”

Launched last year the Power Partners scheme benefitted 24 organisations with grants of up to £20,000 each. Administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy, the fund this year, will be £300,000.

UK Power Networks’ programme strives to reach all fuel poor homes in the communities it serves with tailored support issued to around 850,000 families. Although the company does not directly bill people for energy, this has already resulted in financial benefits of more than £48million for customers.

Essex residents requiring support can join the Priority Services Register by contacting UK Power Networks here, 0800 169 9970