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Funding to help people keep warm

10 September 2009

RSABI - the charity dedicated to helping people in Scotland who have depended on the land for a living – wants to hear from  such individuals around Scotland who are worried about keeping their homes warm next winter and who are not already receiving help from the charity. 

With the help of The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, RSABI is  again operating a Fuel Poverty Fund, part of which has been set aside specifically to help those coming to the charity for help for the first time.  Everyone seeking help from the Fund will be considered for eligibility to the wider range of support the charity can offer, all in complete confidence. 

John Macfarlane, RSABI’s Welfare Manager said:  "In rural and remote areas people will suffer this winter from being cold. It takes a lot of money to fill a domestic oil or gas tank, to buy coal or run an all-electric system. Many make themselves ill with worry about how they can afford it, and some older people choose to severely restrict their heating in cold weather. We are here to help and we have the funds to do so, but sadly some people are too proud or scared to ask." If you need help, or if you know someone who does, contact RSABI on 0131 472 4166. Your case will be dealt with sensitively and in the strictest confidence, by people who are trained to assist.

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