Happy Birthday to CAP Release Groups - our latest service designed to help people break free from life controlling dependencies.
Just twelve months in and already the stories are flooding in of people overcoming common addictions, like smoking, drinking or using drugs, as well as other habits that control lives and destory financial stability.
So far 130 people have been helped and one member said, 'For the first time in 15 years, I have control over my addiction! I really feel like freedom is a reality I can grasp.'
Today, the Government released new statistics showing that in 2013 the number of English households in fuel poverty was estimated at around 2.35 million* – that’s around 10.4% of households in England.
Whilst the report shows positive steps have been made to help low-income households improve their energy efficiency, CAP feels more needs to be done for the increasing number of fuel poor households on pre-payment meters.
From our research, we found that clients using this energy payment method are suffering twice as much fuel poverty to those using other methods. Instead of being able to access the best deals, often only available by Direct Debit, we found the poorest are forced into paying sometimes hundreds of pounds more on energy every year.
Before seeking help from CAP, among debt clients with pre-payment meters:
Two thirds (67%) couldn’t heat their homes
A third (33%) couldn’t cook their food
Almost a quarter (23%) couldn’t wash their clothes; and
One in ten (11%) couldn’t afford to wash themselves.
One client said that before CAP, “We didn’t have any heating for two years because we had no money for gas.”
CAP phone team member and Anglican Gareth Thompson has been helping twitter users to see the inside view of what we do here at head office. From Monday April 27 to Sunday May 3, he is tweeting under the heading of @OurCofE, an account that gets passed to someone in the Church of England each week.
As well as working for CAP, Gareth is also a part-time professional wrestler...
Check out what he's been up to here: twitter.com/OurCofE
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