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  • Fixed bill

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    Fixed bill refers to an energy pricing program in which a consumer pays a predetermined amount for their total energy consumption for a given period. The price is independent of the amount of energy the customer uses or the unit price of the energy. Energy companies can offer this type of pricing by hedging the risks of fluctuating demand using weather derivatives.

  • Needs Assessment Unit

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    The Needs Assessment Unit is an agency of the Government of the Cayman Islands. It was established by the Poor Persons (Relief) Law in January 1964 for the relief of poverty. The law was revised in 1997. Assistance can be provided with: Rental assistance: Temporary financial assistance for monthly rental payments. (393 families received assistance to 30 June 2014) Food Voucher Program: Temporary provision of gift cards or certificates for the purchase of groceries. (1,117 persons/families assisted to 30 June 2014) School uniforms for qualifying public school students. (249 children received uniforms to 30 June 2014) School lunches for qualifying public school students for a determined period of time. Payment of preschool fees. Temporary assistance with payment of utility bills. (over 500 persons/families received assistance to 30 June 2014) Medical Travel Expenses Stipend: Indigent Insurance Coverage: temporary or indefinite medical coverage from CINICO. Burial Assistance towards a funeral package and/or vault. Monthly Poor Relief Assistance: Qualifying candidates will be provided with temporary or indefinite relief.The organisation was criticised by the Auditor General of the Cayman Islands in May 2015 for lack of strategy and management. There is inadequate legislative authority for most of the programmes.

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

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    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a United States federal social services program first established in 1981 and funded annually through Congressional appropriations. The mission of LIHEAP is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. The program, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is funded by grants appropriated from the federal government.

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