NEWS FROM ELDERPARK HOUSING, LINTHOUSE HOUSING ASSOCIATION AND GOVAN HOUSING ASSOCIATION
A NEW WINTER WARMER AS HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS OFFER HELP WITH ENERGY COSTS
Three housing providers come together to offer £40k in vouchers to combat soaring bills
Energy Advice Team
FAMILIES in Govan have been given a winter warmer with the launch of a £40,000 voucher scheme to combat soaring fuel bills.
Three housing associations in Govan – Linthouse , Govan and Elderpark have come together to create the Govan Energy Advice Project.
They are offering £28 and £49 top up vouchers primarily for people paying their energy costs through gas or electricity “pre-payment meters”.
Launched this month, the £40,000 has been secured through the Scottish Government’s Social Housing Fuel Support Fund which aims to provide practical support to social landlords’ tenants in order to help them to manage or reduce their fuel costs.
Never has it been more needed say the Associations and the money is considered a lifeline to many individuals and families who face a struggle paying winter fuel bills – compounded by increasing energy costs at the worst possible time of the year.
The funding may only be available for the next 6-8 weeks dependent upon demand and the vouchers will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
Since the initiative was launched earlier this month take up has been very strong. People who get in touch with their own housing association – which has each appointed an “Energy Advisor” – will receive £28 for an individual or £49 for a family.
While the £40,000 will inevitably run out, the three Associations are also looking at other ways to secure other methods of funding to continuing offering help with fuel costs.
The new funding comes exactly a year after Elderpark, Govan and Linthouse benefited from a cash windfall from the UK Energy regulator OFGEM’s “Energy Redress Scheme”.
This has helped pay for running the scheme and the appointment of the three Energy Advisors – one at each Association.
The voucher scheme is part of a wider plan of action from the housing associations to offer energy advice, deal with suppliers on behalf of customers and endeavour to help people better control their energy usage.
Between them the three housing associations own and manage 4060 homes and a high proportion of local residents are considered to be in fuel poverty.
A spokesperson for Elderpark, Govan and Linthouse Housing Associations said: “We recognise the very real difficulties many of our customers are facing in a time of immense challenge in paying energy bills. We are working hard to tackle fuel poverty and the £40,000 we have obtained will turbo-charge our efforts.
“It’s worth remembering that applying for a voucher in no way affects the State benefits some people may be receiving. We encourage local people who would like to take advantage of this much-needed helping hand to come forward.”
The three housing associations acknowledge the important role the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has played in the administration of the Social Housing Fuel Support Fund
For customers of Govan Housing Association the Energy Advisor is Diane Miles and Diane can be contacted on email@example.com
For customers of Elderpark Housing the Energy Advisor is Patricia Coulter and Patricia can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
For customers of Linthouse Housing Association the Energy Advisor is Sharon De Meza-Dickson and Sharon can be contacted on email@example.com