Don’t sit in the cold at home this winter is the message from Scotland’s rural charity RSABI.
The charity has launched it’s £30,000 Help for Heating Fund which is available to anyone with a background in farming, crofting, forestry, horticulture, fish-farming, game-keeping and rural estate work.
If you or a family member works or worked full-time on the land in Scotland for at least 10 years or for the majority of their working lives to date and meets the criteria for fuel poverty, which is defined as when a household has to spend 10% or more of its income to maintain acceptable levels of warmth, and meets the RSABI criteria for receiving financial help then you can apply for a £300 grant.
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.
For more information about the Help for Heating Fund and support for agricultural workers in general, call the RSABI Helpline 0300 111 4166 in confidence or visit www.rsabi.org.uk.