Fuel banks are they the answer and is this a new idea? 

The poor side of life

There was an article in the guardian this week about fuel banks being opened to work alongside food banks. They are saying that this is the first time that this has happened and it is a breakthrough. Yes we have never had a fuel bank so to speak, but his is certainly not a new idea. For many years now they have existed, this scheme was ran by local authorities from funding given by the government. This worked well once people were correctly signposted to the correct department. So why were the fuel banks created?

Fuel banks have been created to fill the shortfall in the stopping of the funding for the local authorities that had been running for many years. Fuel banks provide people in need with £49 worth of credit which should in theory last for two weeks. People are reffered to the fuel banks in exactly the…

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