‘Quick Credit Voucher’ launched after meeting with Christina McKelvie MSP and Councillor Julia Marrs
ScottishPower has announced the launch of a ‘Quick Credit Voucher’, pilot scheme to help customers at Two South Lanarkshire foodbanks, Hamilton and Clydesdale.
The voucher is designed to give customers who are referred to foodbanks and may be in need of fuel assistance a one-off £49 credit payment. This builds on initiatives being delivered by the ScottishPower Hardship Fund, which is designed to help customers who are having difficulty paying their bills. .
The announcement comes following a meeting with local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, and South Lanarkshire SNP Councillor for Clydesdale North, Julia Marrs, who advocated the voucher scheme be piloted within their constituencies.
Commenting on the voucher scheme, SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:
“This has been an issue both Julia and I have been quietly working on for our constituents for months and I am delighted we can now formally announce the voucher scheme.
“The scheme, which will provide those in need with a one-off £49 credit for their energy, will be available at the Hamilton and District Foodbank for customers of ScottishPower.
“Ideally there would be no need for our constituents to use the scheme. However, as I see more and more of my constituents forced into fuel poverty by the continued austerity drive of the UK Conservative Government, action needed to be taken.
“I am delighted ScottishPower have stepped up to the mantle and provided humanity, understanding and warmth to those that require it – especially as we feel the full chill of winter.
The voucher scheme is also set to be piloted in the Clydesdale foodbank, with Councillor for Clydesdale, Julia Marrs commenting:
““I am thrilled that after many months of discussion, Scottish Power in partnership with Hamilton and Clydesdale foodbanks, are able to offer direct help to constituents in dire need.
“No-one should suffer freezing temperatures in the dark, especially at Christmas-time, and with the roll out of Universal Credit biting hard those waiting up to 6 weeks for their first payment, this help has come just at the right time.”
Douglas McLaren, Retail Operations Director at ScottishPower, said:
“We offer a wide range of support to our [vulnerable] customers, and after meeting Christina McKelvie MSP and Councillor Julia Marrs, we were keen to work with them to pilot this new initiative. It is our hope that the scheme will provide some extra help for those who need it most.”