Great Britain Residents to Benefit from New Investment in £3 Million ScottishPower Trust That Tackles Fuel Poverty.

Households in Great Britain are set to benefit from a cash boost as ScottishPower announces today that it is trebling its investment to £3 million in a Trust to help vulnerable people who are living in fuel poverty

£3 Million Charity

Charities and organisations in Great Britain that help families, children and young people who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills, can now benefit from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Since the ScottishPower Energy People Trust was launched in Great Britain in November last year, with an initial £1 million investment, it has funded 33 projects around Great Britain and assisted people in over 28,000 households who are living in fuel poverty

The Trust is administered by a board of independent trustees and the added donation means more cash is now for available to assist those who need it most. Not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain now have a greater chance of securing funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Claire Doherty, ScottishPower's External Business and Community Relations Manager, celebrated the lift-off of ScottishPower’s additional cash boost by joining four-year-old Rowan Seel from Bridge of Weir and three-year old Mya Wylie from Lochwinnoch.

Claire said: “We are delighted that ScottishPower is able to treble the amount of money donated to the Energy People Trust to £3 million as this means there is a greater chance for organisations in Great Britain to benefit.

“We launched the ScottishPower Energy People Trust with an initial investment of £1million to financially assist organisations that help some of society’s most vulnerable people and we have assisted projects that are doing some fantastic work with children and young people, families and the elderly.”

She added: “We have already been able to fund 33 projects – assisting over 28,000 households around Great Britain and this additional investment means we can now help thousands more people in the run up to winter.”

ScottishPower launched the Trust after comprehensive research was carried out which showed that it would have a greater impact if it directed funds to organisations that work at grassroots level to eradicate fuel poverty.

Unlike any other Trust, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust directly funds other charities and groups such as Women's Aid and Barnardos that help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people who are leaving care and setting up home for the first time or women and children requiring emergency housing and short term help with bills.

Research also revealed that 15 out of 100 people in Scotland is living in fuel poverty.

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