UK's National Grid launches £50m energy support fund

BRITAIN'S National Grid said on Tuesday (Nov 1) that it has launched a £50 million (S$81.3 million) fund to provide financial relief for consumers struggling with rising energy costs over the next two winters.

The fund will target charities which provide immediate emergency financial support to households using pre-payment energy meters, charities which fund energy efficiency measures, and charities which provide advisory services for households who need help with energy bills, payments and debt.

Many people in Britain are already struggling to weather a cost-of-living crisis, with rising energy bills piling on top of higher food prices and growing inflation.

As wholesale gas and power prices soared over the past year, the knock-on effect on household and business' retail bills has become more pronounced, plunging millions into fuel poverty.

"We're under no illusions that this winter will be financially very, very hard for many people and we're determined to play our part to help ease the financial burden that households will face," said John Pettigrew, chief executive of National Grid.

The Fuel Bank Foundation, which gives emergency financial support to households with a prepayment meter and who are at risk of living without power, will receive £10 million from the fund.

Citizens Advice and Affordable Warmth Solutions, which provides new, free home insulation to households which do not qualify for government schemes, will also receive £10 million, National Grid said. REUTERS

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