Npower to support foodbank users
A leading energy firm is to give vouchers to people who use foodbanks to help those who are disconnecting electricity and gas supplies because they can't afford to pay their bills.
Npower will give credits worth £49 under a three-month trial in Kingston on Thames, Durham and Gloucester, in partnership with charities the Trussell Trust and Durham Christian Partnership, as well as National Energy Action.
People using pre-payment meters with npower or any other energy supplier, who are referred to a foodbank, will be eligible for the energy vouchers.
Npower said the vouchers will help households that have run out of energy to get power back for up to two weeks.
Research has suggested that 1.6 million people using pre-payment meters disconnect supplies over a year to save money, said npower.
Matthew Cole, npower's head of policy said the trial could be an important breakthrough", adding: "It will provide immediate and hassle-free support to households where often the choice is between food and warmth."