Petition Give Animal Rescue Centres a grant to offset this winters increased heating cost

We would respectfully ask the Government to give urgently needed help with the anticipated massive increase in heating costs for this Winter to small and medium sized Animal Rescue Centres who are unable to absorb these costs.

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Animal Rescue Centres are already facing immense pressure from an unprecedented Post-Covid influx of unwanted animals alongside a drop, in many cases one third or more, of their donated income.

Because of these competing pressures of demand for their services and drop in income to provide those services many Rescues could, without this help, cease to exist thus causing an explosion of homeless and/or ill treated animals roaming our streets


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Government responded

This response was given on 6 January 2023

The Government is actively considering the impact of the rise of cost of living on animal welfare. Businesses and charities are being supported by the Energy Bill Relief Scheme until 31 March 2023.

The Government is actively considering the impact of the rise of cost of living on all aspects of people’s lives and businesses, including the costs associated with animal welfare. Defra remains in close contact with animal welfare organisations and meets them regularly to understand issues that are affecting the sector, including any increased burden on animal rescue centres.

The details of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme were announced on 21st September 2022. The scheme will initially run for six months covering energy use from 1st October 2022 until 31st March 2023. The scheme applies to all non-domestic energy customers, including businesses and charities involved with companion animal welfare that are on eligible contracts.

To support households, HM Government’s Energy Price Guarantee will reduce the unit cost of electricity and gas so that a typical household in Great Britain will save around £700 this Winter, based on what energy prices would have been under the current price cap - reducing bills by roughly a third. The scheme will run from 1st October to 31st March, with a Treasury- led review underway to consider more targeted support after this period.

Sector groups are closely monitoring the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and identifying where more support may be needed. We welcome the support they are providing owners through pet food banks and financial support with veterinary treatment during these difficult times.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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