Charity gets grant to extend Shropshire fuel buying scheme

A charity has secured £3,000 from the government to help people join a fuel-buying scheme in Shropshire.

The Community Council of Shropshire says one in four families in the UK is thought to be in fuel poverty - with high numbers in south Shropshire.

Rural areas in the county particularly suffer due to the number of properties off the gas network.

The idea of the scheme is to buy oil in bulk for members, and in the process reduce the cost.

The grant, from the Department of Health, will be spent on making the scheme available to people who are currently unable to pay for membership.

Lizzy Thaine, from the community council, said: "This grant is allowing us to extend that scheme to people who could be at risk of fuel poverty, or are vulnerable, because normally we charge £20 per household to join the scheme.

"But this grant is allowing us to subsidise membership for people who wouldn't necessarily afford that."

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