More than 8,000 vulnerable individuals in Dumfries could receive help tackling high prices from energy suppliers as a charity has been given a new grant.
The Scottish Power Energy People Trust has given £100,000 to Dumfries Welfare Rights, which will be used to pay for two expert advisors who will help people suffering financial hardships with a focus on those with young children.
Funding has been allocated as part of the Fuel Poverty Income Maximisation for Families with Young Children in Dumfries and Galloway and is designed to issue energy efficiency advice to help homeowners reduce their outgoings.
Ann Loughrey, Scottish Power's head of corporate social responsibility and the Scottish Power Energy People Trust's company secretary, said: "By offering advice on how to be more efficient with heating, as this project does, households can reduce bills and therefore lower the risk of living in fuel poverty."
Households having to allocate more than ten per cent of their annual earnings towards utility bills are known as fuel poor and their numbers may have increased since substantial energy price rises late last year.
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