Three housing providers unveil energy help initiative

Three housing providers unveil energy help initiative

Three housing providers in Glasgow have launched a new initiative to help tenants tackle winter fuel bills.

Hawthorn Housing Co-operative, Molendinar Park Housing Association and Cadder Housing Association have teamed up with the Wise Group’s Home Energy Advice Team.

The trio have successfully obtained over £42,000 for the six-month project which began on October 1 and runs till the end of March.

The funding has come from the Scottish Government’s Social Housing Fuel Support Fund administered by the SFHA.

All three described the funding as a “game changer” which would ”turbo charge” their existing help for tenants.

A spokesperson for the three RSLs said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding which allows us to work with the widely-admired Wise Group and benefit from its expertise in tackling fuel poverty.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time with the onset of winter and what looks like another difficult period for people facing the prospect of sky-high fuel bills.

“Crucially, the help on offer will complement our existing welfare benefits help to help create general financial wellbeing. It really is great news for our customers.”

The three RSLs expect the total number of people to benefit will be in the region of 1550.

It will focus specifically on:

  • Advice on the use of heating systems and appliances
  • Negotiating with energy suppliers such as repayment plans
  • Resolving billing issues
  • Maximising income and obtaining money which tenants are entirely entitled to

The spokesperson added: “This is a major step forward in the help we can provide and fits well with our ethos of fighting poverty and helping people keep their tenancies.”

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