THAW Orkney is one of several organisation awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s new Accessible Advice Fund.
Affordable warmth charity THAW Orkney is calling on all candidates in the forthcoming Orkney Islands Council election to back its manifesto for affordable warmth in Orkney.
Local activists have launched a window poster campaign asking why an energy rich Scotland also pays the highest prices to buy back its own generated electricity.
“However, we can assure folk that none of the emergency energy funding secured for them by THAW Orkney staff will ever have to be repaid.” Robert Leslie, Manager THAW Orkney
“Having access to this fund this year means I am making some wonderful phone calls where I’m getting to tell people ‘your child will be warm this winter’.
“We have seen a huge increase in demand, and consequently the level of support we have been able to give folk, over the past couple of months.” Robert Leslie, Manager THAW Orkney
“If you are on a prepayment electricity meter don’t wait until you are running out before getting in touch for support”
“This year we have already heard of folk turning off their electric heating and using makeshift heating sources involving biofuel cans, which raises issues of fire safety as well as affordable warmth. ” Robert Leslie Director, THAW Orkney
Inequality is built into our UK energy systems where the places producing the most renewable energy, and exporting it south, are also paying the highest tariffs to buy back that same electricity to heat their homes and power their businesses.
David was anxious about falling into debt and was having a “hard battle just to try to keep warm.” Feelings of loneliness and isolation were increasing