Scheme helping vulnerable Lincolnshire residents stay warm this winter returns

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A scheme, which last winter helped hundreds of vulnerable people stay warm and healthy, has returned after receiving almost a quarter or a million in government grants.

Lincolnshire County Council and its partners reinstated their Responders To Warmth scheme yesterday (Monday) giving practical support on handy-man services, insulation, heating repairs and other energy efficiency advice.

Executive councillor for health, housing and the community Sue Woolley said: “This is such a worthwhile scheme - the people we helped last year said they felt healthier and more cared for, and we will be using this funding to help even more communities this year.

“Because this is a one-off grant, we will also be looking at how we can develop longer-term ways of minimising the effects of cold housing and fuel poverty in communities in the future.”

Responder To Warmth services are offered to clients living in Lincolnshire with a combined household income of less than £23,500, savings of less than £10,000 and who suffer with an acute long-term illness or disability.

Recipients of state benefits including child tax credit, pensioner credit or income support are also eligible for the scheme.

To access the service call 0845 606 4566 or visit www.responderstowarmth.co.uk