“Don’t sit in the cold at home this winter,” is the message from RSABI, Scotland’s rural charity, as it launches its 2015/6 Help for Heating Fund worth £30,000.
Fixed grants of £300 are available to anyone with a background in farming, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, game-keeping and rural estate work, who is in fuel poverty (when a household has to spend 10% or more of its income to maintain acceptable levels of warmth) and meets RSABI criteria for receiving financial help.
RSABI Welfare Manager, John Macfarlane, who oversees the Help for Heating Fund said:
“Nobody should be cold in their own home this winter and if you or someone you know are worried about paying the energy bill, please call the RSABI Helpline 0300 111 4166 in confidence or visit www.rsabi.org.uk.
“Rural fuel poverty is consistently higher than the national average, with older people being particularly vulnerable. Whilst energy-saving initiatives and schemes help significantly, they alone do not lift people out of fuel poverty, particularly those without access to mains gas. We are determined to make warmth more affordable for anyone who qualifies for the RSABI Help for Heating Fund.”