Sunday, 23 December 2018 07:19


Hundreds of struggling Scots are set to keep their homes lit and warm over Christmas thanks to the roll-out of an innovative fuel-poverty scheme.
The Quick Credit scheme, introduced by Scottish Power after lobbying by SNP MSP Christina McKelvie, sees instant electronic vouchers offered to Scottish Power customers in fuel crisis.

After a successful pilot last December in Ms McKelvie’s constituency of Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish Power have rolled the scheme out to 40 locations across Scotland.
The vouchers are offered through partner agencies including Citizens Advice and food banks.
Commenting, Christina McKelvie said:
“Last year 18 families in my constituency had heating and lighting on Christmas day thanks to this innovative scheme to tackle fuel poverty.
“With the roll-out of the scheme nationally, we can expect hundreds to benefit over the Christmas period.
“Over recent years the generous public donations to food bank have shown a real understanding of the needs of those facing financial crisis. But financial crisis doesn’t just affect the ability to buy food – it can also leave people unable to afford vital bills.
“I’d like to thank Scottish Power for their support for those facing crisis – and hope that, in future years, this scheme isn’t necessary.”

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