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Residents Offered Funds for Affordable Warmth

Published Thursday, 18 January 2018

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

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

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 and single-skin, solid wall or non-cavity wall properties, so 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 to 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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