ScottishPower celebrates launch of £2m fuel poverty trust to help vulnerable people.

£2 millionScottishPower celebrated the launch of a new £2million fuel poverty trust today by helping four young Glaswegians move in to their own warm, fully furnished homes.

The 16 to 24 year olds, who are all in training, have been given the keys to their own flats in Glasgow's Castlemilk area and a total of £12,000 from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help pay their heating bills and fund work-related training.

The Youth Housing Project, which is a partnership between ScottishPower, North View Housing Association, Glasgow City Council's Social Work Services, the Scottish Association for Mental Health and the Castlemilk Economic Development Agency, has given a life line to the four young people.

It is the first project in the UK to receive funding from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, which has been established to give grants to not-for-profit organisations that assist vulnerable families and young people who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills and suffer the effects of fuel poverty.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was launched today by Deputy Communities Minister Johann Lamont and Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower's Head of External Business and Community Relations at North View Housing Association's Glasgow offices. Initially ScottishPower committed a £1m donation, but today announced it had doubled this figure to £2million.

Deputy Communities Minister Johann Lamont said:

"The Executive is committed to combating fuel poverty. We welcome the work of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, which will help by funding projects and schemes with a key focus on children. There is scope in future to include other vulnerable groups such as disabled people and older people. The Trust grants funding to not-for-profit organisations, agencies and groups which represent vulnerable people living in fuel poverty, directing funds to those most in need and at a time when it is most needed, and has already earmarked over £220,000 for five organisations which will assist almost 1500 households across Britain."

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