Grants of up to £1,500 are available for farming families facing spiralling fuel costs as they try to heat their homes.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution launched the grants as part of its fuel poverty response. They are available as support towards home-related energy costs, such as energy bills or for making home energy efficiency improvements.
With gas and electricity prices rising over 50% on 1 April, research from National Energy Action (NEA) indicates that 6.5m households across the UK will soon be in fuel poverty – some 2m more than just six months ago.
“People facing immediate financial hardship in relation to fuel cost increases can apply for grants of up to £1,500 towards bill payments or making homes more energy efficient,” says RABI director of services Caron Whaley.
Heat or eat
“We should all be able to stay warm at home, however many people are increasingly having to choose whether to heat their home, feed the family or pay the rent.”
Ms Whaley said RABI wanted to minimise the effects of cold homes on the physical and mental health of farming people. It is working closely with the NEA to better understand the impacts and symptoms of fuel poverty.
“Our service delivery teams have a really good understanding of the many challenges farming people face. The additional NEA training will develop their knowledge of some of the less obvious impacts of fuel poverty.”
Fuel poverty grants can be used towards home heating costs and energy efficiency measures. These include boiler servicing, installing water tank jackets, addressing lagging for pipes, or installing loft insulation.
Charitable payments will be means tested against disposable income to ensure the funding is fairly distributed.
Applications can be made by calling the RABI 24-hour helpline on 0800 188 4444.