Cairn Housing Group secures funding to address fuel poverty
Cairn Housing Group has been awarded a grant of £264,920 from the Scottish Government’s Social Housing Fuel Support Fund.
The group, which consists of Cairn Housing Association, Ancho, and commercial subsidiary Cairn Living, will reach out to families with children aged 19 and under who are currently in fuel poverty with a one-off £140 payment, plus an additional £10 per child.
Working in partnership with the Wise Group’s Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT), Cairn Housing Group will also provide energy advice and assistance, ensuring a holistic approach is given to vulnerable tenants.
Jason MacGilp, Group chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding. Our tenancy sustainment team has seen a significant increase in the number of tenants contacting us for energy advice in recent months and the funding will go some way to alleviate the financial pressure that our tenants are currently under.”
Jim Percival, HEAT project lead, said: “Our HEAT service is aimed to ensure that every customer we assist is able to have a level of comfort in their home at an affordable cost. Our HEAT Advisors will allocate funding support on behalf of the Cairn Housing Group and provide advice and information to assist the household to resolve any energy related issue or concern. With the forthcoming energy price increases, there has never been a more important time for households to be able to manage their energy usage and costs.”