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Cash to Help Ribble Valley Residents 'Get Cosy'

Published Thursday, 08 December 2016

Ribble Valley residents living in ‘fuel poverty’ are being offered funds for a raft of measures aimed at making their homes cosy.

Grants are available to improve the warmth and efficiency of homes, including for radiator reflectors, draught proofing, loft and cavity insulation, boiler servicing and repairs, and even new windows and central heating systems.

Up to £2,900 is available for residents with cardiovascular or respiratory problems, or the young and elderly, who are benefits recipients or living in fuel poverty, meaning they spend a disproportionate amount of their income on heating their home.

Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee, said: “Ribble Valley has a high level of fuel poverty and off-grid properties, and some residents struggle to keep their homes warm during the winter.
“The council has worked hard to address this problem over the years and we are delighted that the Green Energy Fund is offering affordable warmth to the borough’s most vulnerable households.”

Home improvement agency Homewise has also received £10,000 from the Government to fund home energy and slip and fall assessments for the over-60s in Ribble Valley.

Homewise will inspect homes to identify slip, trip, or fall hazards and where necessary carry out essential repairs, such as securing loose carpets and trailing wires, or easing stiff doors.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.


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