Trust raises awareness in Wales
British Gas Energy Trust CEO Jessica Taplin recently spoke to Members of the Senedd at an event hosted at the Senedd in Cardiff.
Jessica was joined by Ashley Comely CEO, of CA Rhondda Cynon Taff– an organisation who have been funded by the Trust since 2009 enabling them to deliver money and energy support within the communities they serve.
The purpose of the event was to highlight the support available from The British Gas Energy Trust, and the wider support British Gas were providing customers.
Topics of discussion included the commitment of 10% of British Gas profits to the Trust for the duration of the energy crisis; support which has meant the Trust was able to award more energy grants.
There was also an appeal to MSs to ensure their constituents were aware of the support, in the hope of increasing application levels across Wales – the information was well received and highlighted in the debate in the Senedd by the Chair of the Senedd Public Accounts Committee Mark Isherwood MS.
Eight MSs, representing Plaid Cymru, Labour and Conservatives, took part – including the Chair of the Senedd Committee on Climate Change and the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for education.
Jessica said: “I was delighted to have been invited to the Senedd to highlight the work of Trust, and help ensure people within Wales were made aware of the support on offer, and encouraged to apply by constituency offices and Members of the Senedd. As a Trust, we can provide grants to eligible BG and non-BG customers towards energy debt up to £1500, additionally we offer support through energy and advice centres we fund, organisations such as CA Rhondda Cynon Taff & Riverside Advice. These organisations carry out crucial work in the community by supporting people with household budgeting, energy efficiency measures and much more. We are very grateful for the ongoing support from Welsh representatives and would encourage everyone to share our details with anyone they think may need support during the ongoing cost of living crisis.”
For more information on accessing grants from the Trust go to https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/grants-available-2/ or to find an adviser centre near you go to https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/fuel-and-money-advice/