EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

House­builder Hop­kins Homes is giv­ing £20,000 in grants to help com­bat fuel poverty this win­ter in Nor­folk.

The grants, part of Hop­kins’ £150,000 Win­ter Cri­sis Fund, will be de­liv­ered through food banks as fuel vouch­ers or di­rect sup­port with pay­ment of fuel bills for those in cri­sis. It’s es­ti­mated that 11% of house­holds in Eng­land are in fuel poverty, many fac­ing the dif­fi­cult choice of pay­ing for heat or food. But lev­els in many parts of East An­glia are even higher than this.

The new fund is in ad­di­tion to the £500,000 Hop­kins Char­i­ta­ble Fund launched last year and will seek to al­le­vi­ate some of the pres­sures on house­holds across Nor­folk, Suf­folk and Cam­bridgeshir­e as they strug­gle to keep warm this win­ter.

Joshua Hop­kins of the Hop­kins Char­i­ta­ble Fund said: “Dur­ing our work with the com­mu­nity foun­da­tions for the Hop­kins Char­i­ta­ble Fund it be­came ap­par­ent that there is a ma­jor cri­sis loom­ing this win­ter. It’s es­ti­mated that around 40,000 house­holds in Nor­folk are liv­ing in fuel poverty. Last win­ter was a par­tic­u­larly harsh one weather-wise and we could be in for the same again this year. The small grants for fuel vouch­ers and sup­port with bills are one way we feel we can make a huge dif­fer­ence to the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing many vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als in our re­gion this win­ter.”

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Vol­un­teers at Nor­wich food bank

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