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A £50m emergency fund will help families in need

Words by Abi Scaife

The National Grid has created a £50 million emergency fund for households in need.

Okay, so what’s the emergency?

The emergency is the cost of living crisis in the UK, which experts believe will leave many households in fuel poverty this winter.

The cost of everything is increasing, leaving some families having to choose between food and heating. Not only that but there are fears that the grid will be overworked this year, potentially resulting in blackouts over winter.

That doesn’t sound good.

It’s not - but the good news is that organisations, like the National Grid, are stepping up to help out.

What are they doing to help?

The National Grid has pledged to donate £10m to the Fuel Bank Foundation, a charity offering financial support and advice to households who are struggling. An additional £10m will go to Citizens Advice, £1.5m to National Energy Action, £10m to Affordable Warmth Solutions, and £1m to the National Energy Foundation.

Wow, that’s a lot of money!

It is! Not only that, but the National Grid is moving to create a scheme that will pay households to use energy outside of peak hours.

By doing this, people will be given access to cheaper fuel and will encourage people not to overwork the grid during the day.

This article aligns with the UN SDG No Poverty.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs