grant boost will help keep vulnerable Burnham residents warm
residents living in cold houses or struggling with heating bills
will benefit this winter from a £190,000 Government grant
to Somerset County Council.
The councils Warm Homes project successfully bid for the
grant from the Department of Healths Warm Homes Healthy
People fund to help vulnerable people in poorly-heated homes.
The grant will cover the supplying and fitting of 200 free warm
home kits, which include draft excluders, tank jackets and
pipe lagging, to those in greatest need.
Cabinet Member Cllr Christine Lawrence said: "A warm home
is vital for keeping people healthy, particularly children, the
elderly and the chronically ill. With this Department of Health
money we can do even more to help protect the most vulnerable
in our communities."
"There are many organisations providing great advice and
assistance. By working together Im sure there will be a
hugely positive impact not just this winter, but in future winters
The grant will also enable additional cold weather training for
front-line workers and volunteers, and see 20 public events taking
place in the New Year to get information to as many people as
possible. The grant funding is part of the Government's
Cold Weather Plan.