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By Fiona Reid
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Demand grows for agri heating grant

AN organisation which supports people in Scottish agriculture is gearing up for unprecedented demand for its Help for Heating grants in the coming weeks, as energy costs continue to soar.

RSABI has already given means-tested grants of over £25,000 since April 2021 to people across the country struggling to heat their homes.

And welfare manager Chris McVey, above,  is keen to raise awareness of the heating support on offer.

He said: “Many people in the agricultural community are set to face significant increases in  their energy costs from April and we know there is real concern.

“Older  rural properties can often be harder to heat compared with more modern homes, with stone walls and single glazed windows.”

Typically, RSABI offers grants worth around £300 to help people who are eligible to pay for heating, although higher value grants are also being offered, depending on different circumstances.

Mr McVey added: “If you’re worried about how you’re going to manage increasing energy bills or are already  struggling to stay warm in your home please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“All support is provided in complete confidence, and as well as financial assistance there may be other ways we can help – for example by putting you in touch with other organisations  who can assist with energy efficiency measures.”

To find out more about RSABI’s Help for Heating grants call 0300 111 4166 – the helpline is  open every day from 7am to 11pm – or email [email protected]

 

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