This food bank is now giving out emergency credit to help people with their fuel bills

Wales' first 'fuel bank' launched today in Cardiff.

It means users of the food bank there can now also receive emergency credit to top up their gas and electricity.

The scheme is being rolled out here after being trialled in parts of England.

Today I met a mother of four from Cardiff who became the first recipient of the new fuel voucher.

The food bank, run by The Trussell Trust, has teamed up with Npower and National Energy Action to launch Wales's first fuel bank.

Information on the Fuel Bank scheme

Eligible users who have pre-payment meters can get vouchers for gas or electricity, which should last them two weeks.

If the demand for food is anything to go by, the demand for fuel is also stacking up.

Last year 39,000 food bank parcels were distributed in Wales...
Across Wales, that works out at 200 people a day...
Demand is greatest in the Welsh capital

Rebecca, a single mum-of-four was the first recipient of the fuel bank voucher in Wales.

Rebecca says the scheme has helped her

For Rebecca and many other families, getting free food is helping.

But for those without the money to chill it or cook it, fuel banks will now offer some escape for people trapped in poverty.