North Somerset could have a warmer winter

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 January 2012


MORE than £55,000 of funding has been awarded to North Somerset Council to help keep residents warm through the winter months.

The council put in a bid for funding from the Department of Health as part of the response to the government’s cold weather plan for England.

It will be working with a number of partners such as Age UK Somerset, NHS North Somerset and Voluntary Action North Somerset to help those who are most affected by severe weather conditions.

Projects are also being developed to increase the resources available for individual and voluntary groups to provide specialist support.

This advice and support will be provided to more than 400 individuals and groups and will target older people and families with young children.

Deputy leader of the council, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “Too many households in North Somerset still struggle to adequately heat their homes. Joint partnership working between public, private and voluntary sector is essential to improve the lives of those affected by fuel poverty and the poor energy efficiency of homes.”

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