Senedd ‘Winter Ready’ drop-by event
British Gas Energy Trust CEO Jessica Taplin recently spoke to Members of the Senedd about the support offered by the Trust this winter, including the recently reopened Individuals and Families Fund. The Trust currently has two funds open; the Energy Support Fund offers energy write-off grants to British Gas customers with credit or prepayment meter accounts, and the Individuals and Families Fund offers energy debt write-off grants to British Gas and non-British Gas customers with credit or prepayment meter accounts.
The ‘Winter Ready’ event was supported by nine Members of the Senedd representing Plaid Cymru, Labour and Conservatives, including the Minister for Health and Social Services and the Deputy Minister for social Partnerships.
British Gas Engineer Richard Williams joined the drop-by event and was on hand to speak about practical measures that could be shared with constituents to help alleviate winter pressures. MSs were given information packs to take away with them which contained advice, support and relevant information.
About the event, Jessica Taplin said,
“Members of the Senedd were interested to hear more about the support the Trust offers, particularly how energy debt write-off grants are open to both British Gas and Non-British Gas customers and so could help all their constituents. Another scheme that they were interested in sharing with the communities in their constituencies was the new the White Good Scheme that opens on Monday [11th December 2023] to people in England and Wales. The scheme will provide crucial items such as fridges and washing machines to families who don’t have the fundamental white goods people need. The Trust also funds several projects in Wales, including CA Rhondda Cynon Taff and Riverside; last year funded charities supported over 1,000 clients in Wales, helping people manage over £2.2 million in debt and increase their income by £1.6 million. As we head further into this winter, households and families face ongoing financial hardship and poverty – if you know anyone affected by energy poverty, or who needs support, please encourage them to seek help.”
To learn about how the Trust can help you this winter, go to – Independent fuel debt advice – British Gas Energy Trust
British Gas engineer Richard Williams with Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services Eluned Morgan MS and CEO of British Gas Energy Trust Jessica Taplin.