Angus councillor Lynne Devine is encouraging Angus residents who feel they do not need the annual £200 Winter Fuel Allowance to donate the money to a worthy local cause.
Angus Citizens Advice Bureau is working in partnership with SSE and the charity Home-Start to create an advice service for young families in need, especially in fuel poverty, called Warm Start.
And the Forfar councillor is urging folk to contribute to that cause.
She said: “I know there are older people in Angus who do not feel they need their £200 Winter Fuel Allowance, but aren’t allowed to refuse it or indeed send it back, so many give to charity.
“Home-Start seems a really appropriate project to donate to and help young families struggling in those difficult times. They would certainly welcome any donations which would go into their Family Fund.”
Angus South MSP Graeme Dey commented: “Lynne has struck on a great idea here. I would encourage anyone who wants to donate their Winter Fuel Allowance to a good cause to consider this one.”
Home Start’s office is in Arbroath but they work right across Angus. Their address is Home-Start Angus, 27 Hamilton Green, Arbroath DD11 1JG and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org