npower provides £10k vouchers for fuel poor homes

Energy supplier npower has provided 220 vouchers for fuel free top-ups in Gloucester as part of a pilot programme. The Fuel Bank scheme has been running since May and has helped […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Energy supplier npower has provided 220 vouchers for fuel free top-ups in Gloucester as part of a pilot programme.

The Fuel Bank scheme has been running since May and has helped more than 600 local people affected by fuel poverty.

Every voucher has a £49 credit which people can use to top up their gas and electricity meters.

The programme has enabled local households that run out of energy to get the power back within a few hours and keep the lights and heating on for up to two weeks.

All households using pre-payment meters can benefit regardless of whether or not they are npower customers.

The programme is a partnership with poverty charities the Trussell Trust and National Energy Action.

Alison Inglis-Jones, Trustee at the Trussell Trust said: “We are very pleased with the impact the scheme has had on fuel poverty in Gloucester. These npower Fuel Bank vouchers mean that as well as offering food to people in need, we can now give them the energy they need to cook and heat their homes too.”

The Fuel Bank is also being piloted in Kingston, Durham and Wirral.

If successful, npower hopes to extend the initiative across the country.