With high energy costs and the cost of living crisis continuing to impact people up and down the country, RSABI has reported a 55% increase in applications for its Help for Heating grants.
Through the 2022/23 financial year, the charity issued £41,000 in grants and demand continues to be strong.
“Our Help for Heating grants are available to farmers, crofters and others working in, or retired from, agriculture who are struggling with the rising costs of heating bills,” said Chris McVey, welfare manager.
“The grants are simple and quick to apply for, with funding starting at £300 available to those spending more than 10% of their household income on heating costs and finding it difficult to afford essentials like food and clothing.”
RSABI is urging those who are struggling to heat their homes to get in touch and find out about the scheme.
“Our team are on hand to take you through the straightforward application process and can advise on other ways we might be able to help too, as well as signposting other organisations which can provide energy efficiency advice for your home.
“In cases where finances have become really difficult, we can very quickly arrange a pre-paid debit card to pay for grocery shopping and we can also arrange purchases where household goods break down and people are struggling to pay for replacement items.”
For more information go to www.rsabi.org.uk