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Tighean Innse Gall, which is one of Scotland’s leading energy advice charities, has received a grant of more than £164,700 to help fund its vital work this winter.

This is in anticipation of increased demand from local people amid the cost-of-living crisis.

TIG, covering the Western Isles, was contacted by the British Gas Energy Trust, which incorporates the Scottish Gas Energy Trust, following a nationwide mapping exercise that identified the parts of the country most in need of additional support.

The 18-month grant will help Tighean Innse Gall continue to provide support and advice to vulnerable households across the Western Isles, where 57% of island homes are in fuel poverty.

The charity helps local people to reduce energy bills using practical measures, in-depth energy and money advice and referral into other organisations.

The British Gas Energy Trust funding means that the Southern Isles will have year-round access to a dedicated adviser based on the island.

Founded in 1991, the charity provides specialist advice on energy matters and efficiency through in-depth money advice and practical measures.

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent charitable trust that supports families and individuals facing financial hardship and energy debt across England, Wales and Scotland.

As well as supporting the services provided by money and energy advice services and charities, the British Gas Energy Trust provides direct grants to individuals and families that have an energy debt of between £250 and £750.

Kirsty Macleod from Tighean, Western Isles, said: “The Energy Advisory Service (TEAS) supports Western Isles residents lower their household energy costs by providing a free, impartial, confidential and bespoke advice service.  We are delighted to have received the British Gas Energy Trust’s funding which will mean we can help address fuel poverty locally, especially in the Southern Isles, despite the geographical challenges we face.”

Jessica Taplin, CEO of the British Gas Energy Trust, said: “The rising cost of living means more people are experiencing financial difficulty for the first time, and are struggling to pay their bills. Whether you’re with British Gas or another energy supplier, it’s important to know that there is help available to you.

"You can apply to us direct or access support via Tighean Innse Gall, which does a fantastic job supporting local people.”

Since the start of the cost-of-living crisis, Centrica – the parent company of British Gas – has put together a support package for households worth more than £25m, which will continue to grow. This funding includes grants paid to 18 advice centres across England, Scotland and Wales.

For more information about the British Gas Energy Trust, to find out about the support that’s available, and to apply for a grant, visit https://britishgasenergytrust.org.uk/