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 Cash injection will see “energy advisors” helping people to slash fuels bills 

Families in Govan have been given a winter warmer with news of a £200,000 energy boost for the community.

The cash sum is to be used to employ energy advisors to help people slash their fuel bills.

Delighted housing association chiefs who secured the funding welcomed the news calling it “another step forward” in the fight against fuel poverty.

The money has come from the UK energy regulator OFGEM’s “Energy Redress Scheme” and is administered by the Energy Saving Trust. Elderpark Housing has been awarded this large sum of funding to work with Govan and Linthouse Housing Associations with each association having a dedicated Energy Advisor who can offer support and assistance. Elderpark Housing (in partnership with Govan and Linthouse Housing Association) are the only housing association recipients in a list of nine UK awards in this current round of funding.

Now three energy advisors will be hired to spend the next two years working with local people on helping to reduce fuel poverty – a major issue for people in Govan.

The aim of the “Govan Energy Advice Project” will be to offer support to prevent fuel poverty, tackle fuel debt, access best value tariffs and reduce household energy consumption through better energy usage.

Tenants from all three housing associations and new applicants identified as being “fuel poor” or “at risk of being in fuel poverty” will receive help with referrals coming from each organisation’s financial inclusion staff and housing officers.

The ambitious project has set a goal of making 750 home energy advice visits which initially will be delivered digitally due to restrictions imposed by the covid health emergency. Energy advice workshops will eventually be held as will drop-in community events.

Between them the three housing associations own and manage over 4000 homes and a high proportion of local residents are considered to be in fuel poverty.

The Scottish Government’s own figures which assess “Fuel Poverty and Extreme Fuel Poverty” revealed in 2019 that 28 per cent of Glaswegians are in fuel poverty with 13 per cent in “extreme fuel poverty.”