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  • Over £170,000 worth of funds given to four social enterprises
  • £700,000 given to local projects across Scotland since charge introduction
  • 90% less bags handed out by Asda stores

With Christmas round the corner, Asda has distributed £172,000 worth of funding to the latest recipients of the Asda Community Capital scheme. The latest giveaway has seen loans and grants totalling nearly £700,000 to more than 160 local charities and community projects across Scotland. Overall, Asda has seen plastic bag usage drop by 90% since the charge was brought in.

Community loans and grants, distributed by Social Investment Scotland and Foundation Scotland, have helped to fund projects ranging from parent and child healthy cooking programmes to IT training programmes for young people, and even developing therapeutic gardens for dementia sufferers.

Half of the bag charge proceeds have been distributed to Foundation Scotland to provide grants of up to £2,000 to nominated projects and good causes in local communities around Asda stores.

Social Investment Scotland has used the other half of the proceeds to provide loans between £10,000 and £50,000 to social enterprises who otherwise would find it difficult to get access to funding. The most recent organisations to benefit from this investment include the Leith Theatre Trust, the Bay Tree Community Café, Highland Perthshire Media and Venture Mor Ltd.

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Posted in Press Centre on 21 December 2015
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  • Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 277 filling stations across the country will only pay 99.7ppl on unleaded and 103.7 ppl on diesel across the weekend
  • 2 ppl off unleaded brings prices below £1 at 99.7ppl and Diesel to £103.7ppl
  • Effective from Friday 11TH December until Sunday 13th December

Effective from tomorrow (Friday 11th December) – Asda announces it’s bringing more festive cheer for drivers with a fuel cut for the second time in a week. The retailer national price cap see’s unleaded down to 99.7ppl and 103.7ppl on diesel across every single one of Asda’s filling stations.

Asda’s announcement today is a another additional weekend boost for customers in the run-up to the festive season, meaning there’s more left over to spend on the things that matter at this time of year.

Effective from Friday 11th December until Sunday 13th December, motorists will benefit from cheaper fuel prices throughout the weekend as unleaded falls back to record six year lows. Asda will revert back on Monday to a market leading price of 101.7ppl on unleaded and 104.7 ppl on diesel.

Posted in Press Centre on 10 December 2015
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  • Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 277 filling stations across the country will only pay 101.7ppl on unleaded and 104.7 ppl on diesel

Effective from tomorrow (Wednesday 9th December) Asda brings some festive cheer to drivers as it announces a 2ppl price cut on fuel. Asda’s new national price cap sees unleaded down to 101.7ppl and 104.7ppl on diesel.

Asda’s new national price cap means that unlike other retailers who work on ‘average prices’ – drivers will pay no more than 101.7ppl on unleaded and 104.7ppl on diesel at any single one of Asda’s 277 filling stations.

Asda is the only retailer that has a national price cap on fuel at all filling stations, ensuring every single one of our customers knows the maximum price they will pay at the pump regardless of where they live.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Senior Petrol Director, said: "We’re giving drivers an early Christmas present as fuel prices continue to fall. We know how important it is to pass savings back into motorist’s pockets in the crucial run-up to the festive period.

“We know our competitors are likely to follow but Asda don’t have a postcode lottery on fuel meaning no matter where customers live, they will benefit from the same fuel price with our national price cap of 101.7ppl for unleaded and 104.7ppl for diesel.”

Posted in Press Centre on 08 December 2015
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UK families likely to spend less this Christmas as Asda’s Income Tracker reveals they actually have £17 a week more in their pockets than last year

  • The average UK household had £193 of discretionary income in October, up by £17 a week in October compared to 2014
  • Price of vehicle fuels dropped by 14%, giving families more to smile about ahead of the great Christmas getaway
  • The cost of electricity and gas fell by 4.1%, easing the pressure as the mercury drops
  • Yet research shows that even with deeper pockets, over one in five (21%) customers is planning on spending less this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, and Asda’s latest income tracker shows that British families have more money in their pockets to celebrate the festive season.

Households across the nation have been enjoying a boost to their coffers with an extra £17 a week of discretionary income in their pockets, a rise of 9.6% compared to this time last year . However, customer confidence still remains cautious ahead of the Christmas period.

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Posted in Press Centre on 02 December 2015
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Unleaded prices fall below £1 per litre.

  • Drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 273 filling stations across the country will only pay 99.7ppl on unleaded and 103.7 ppl on diesel across the weekend
  • 4ppl price cut takes unleaded below £1 – the first time since summer 2009
  • Announcement follows Asda’s commitment to invest £26m in savings throughout the festive period

Following the news that the Chancellor held off a price increase on fuel duty, Asda has today (Friday 27th November) announced that it will give its customers a seasonal boost on top of the freeze by investing in an exclusive three-day price drop, knocking 4 pence per litre off fuel, meaning unleaded prices drop below the £1 mark to 99.7 pence per litre.

Asda President & CEO Andy Clarke had urged the Chancellor to continue with the freeze in the March Budget following feedback from Asda Mums that an increase would put pressure on household finances. So the confirmation this week that a freeze would remain in place was welcome news.

In the latest Mumdex report, Asda mums have made it clear what the Government needs to focus on by issuing a call to action to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement to prioritise several key areas including, imposing a limit on energy and utility prices and increasing the personal tax allowance, along with a continued freeze on fuel duty.

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Posted in Press Centre on 27 November 2015