Government cash hopes to bring warm front

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 January 2013

Pic by Guy Harrop

Pic by Guy Harrop

© guy harrop

A WARM front will be moving into Somerset homes this winter after the council secured £150,000 from Government cash.

Somerset County Council received the grant from the Department of Health’s warm homes, healthy people fund to help people struggling with heating bills.

Christine Lawrence, cabinet member for community services, said: “This is good news for people struggling to heat their homes this winter.

“Having a warm and dry home is essential, especially for older people and families with young children and people with disabilities.”

The funding was secured after the council’s work with the five district councils, NGS and community and voluntary organisations.

Voluntary sector organisations will take a lead in delivering the warm homes projects. These include community group grants to provide services to the most vulnerable people, transport and social contact as well as information about keeping warm.

The money will also be used to fund a pilot project for extreme temperature sensors and interest-free loans to help people top up their heating oil tanks.

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