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Crisis Boiler Cash Helps Residents Stay Cosy

Published Monday, 13 January 2014

Residents in Ribble Valley can stay cosy thanks to emergency grants towards boiler replacements or repairs.

And they are invited to an energy awareness day in Clitheroe on 29 January to find out about a raft of money-saving measures.

The grants are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council's Warm Homes Health People Scheme.

Up to £2,000 towards the cost of emergency boiler replacements or repairs is up for grabs.

The council's housing officer, John Barber, said: "Ribble Valley has a high level of fuel poverty and some residents struggle to keep their homes warm and pay heating bills during the winter months.

"Warm Homes Healthy People has been a huge success over the years and we are delighted that it now includes emergency boiler replacements or repairs, which will give a valuable boost to vulnerable households facing fuel poverty."

The grants are available to Ribble Valley residents aged 65 or over, or with young children and in receipt of an income-related benefit. The over-85s with a boiler in need of repair are entitled to an unconditional contribution of up to £250.

Ribble Valley Borough Council will host the free energy awareness day on Wednesday 29 January.

Advice and information will be available on energy efficiency, fuel debt, energy switching, renewable energy and the insulation of hard-to-treat properties.  

The event will be held in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber in Church Street, Clitheroe, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and further details are available from the council on 01200 425111.

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