Major energy supplier Scottish Power has announced new funding to help single-parent homes to access cheap energy.
The energy supplier will provide £50,000 through its Energy People Trust to enable One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) to pay for part-time workers who will offer advice on how to access cheap energy in the home.
Scottish Power will also be investing an additional £240 million in promoting energy efficiency programmes over the course of the next three years.
Sue Robertson, director of OPFS, said: "Over half of all children in poverty are in lone parent households and there are 77,000 lone parents in Scotland in receipt of benefits so our project will be able to effectively reach directly out to vulnerable people."
A limited amount of money will also be made available to prevent vulnerable households being cut off if they are unable to pay their bills.
The number of fuel poor households in the UK - classified as homes that allocate more than ten per cent of their income towards utility bills - is thought to have surpassed five million in recent months.
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