CAiD acts as a conduit for grants to clients in fuel poverty. The funds are collected by the Dorset Community Foundation from pensioners who do not need their Winter Fuel Allowance. Citizens Advice advisers then identify clients who meet the criteria and they receive a grant of £200 via CAiD; in 2014/15 we gave out 62 grants, in 2015/16 80 grants, and on 2016/17 92 grants. This meant vulnerable people could avoid situations like ‘I even wear my coat indoors to keep warm’.
Read our report on grants given out over the winter of 2016/17:
Read more about how to donate your Winter Fuel Allowance (IF you don’t need it!) here: