National award for Shropshire RCC

Shropshire Rural Community Council is celebrating after their project Fuel Saving Scheme to tackle fuel poverty has received a national award at a presentation ceremony held in Craven Arms Community Centre.

Shropshire RCC was successful in winning the Community Action Awards, which are run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas. The awards recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households.

The Shropshire Fuel Saving Scheme project will enable low-income off-grid households to take up the opportunity of bulk buying domestic heating oil and the group has received a grant of £1500 which will help them to provide higher level training for energy advisors and to fund measures required to help residents make behavioral changes in their energy use.

Maxine Smith from Shropshire RCC said: “We are delighted that our work to help disadvantaged residents in Shropshire to heat their homes affordably has received national recognition. Our charity regularly meets people who are struggling to meet the high cost of fuel and helping people to stay warm in winter has become a key priority for our work”.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “We know that 316,000 households in the West Midlands are estimated to be living in fuel poverty, unable to afford the energy they need to stay warm and healthy in their homes. Community groups and other local organisations play a vital role in helping to identify and assist those who are struggling to heat their homes affordably and I would like to congratulate Shropshire RCC for the excellent work they are undertaking to tackle this problem’.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey said: “The Community Action Award showcases some excellent examples of how promoting energy efficiency can help to reduce bills and improve the thermal comfort for those who need it most in the community.

“There is a lot of help available from Government, such as removing on average £50 from household energy bills and providing support for the most vulnerable through Winter Fuel Payments, Cold Weather Payments and the Warm Home Discount. But if individuals can take control of their energy use, this will have a major impact on keeping warm and cutting bills."

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