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At-Risk Residents Offered Funds for Affordable Warmth

Affordable warmth 2017
TURNING UP THE HEAT – Bridget Hilton, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee, with a boiler recently installed in a Ribble Valley home with help from the Affordable Warmth Fund.
Published Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Ribble Valley residents at risk of poor health from living in cold and damp homes are being offered funds to help them fight ‘fuel poverty’ and stay warm this winter.

Grants are available for a raft of cold-busting measures, including new boilers, boiler servicing and repairs, radiators or radiator reflectors, draught proofing and glazing improvements, such as new windows.

The funds are available for households with ‘vulnerable’ residents, such as the over-65s, under-fives and pregnant women, or with cardiovascular or respiratory problems, a disability or mental health condition, in receipt of a means-tested benefit and living in a damp, draughty or fuel-inefficient home.

Bridget Hilton, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee, said: “Ribble Valley has a high level of off-grid properties and some residents struggle to keep their homes warm during winter.

“The council has worked hard to address this problem over the years and we are delighted that this Affordable Warmth Fund will offer much-needed help to vulnerable residents at risk of poor health due to cold or damp living conditions.”

The Affordable Warmth Fund is administered by Ribble Valley Borough Council on behalf of Lancashire County Council.

Further details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing team on 01200 425111.

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