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Warm Homes, Healthy People

Bedford Borough Council has secured an extra £124,500 funding to ensure vulnerable people stay warm throughout life-threatening spells of cold weather. The outcomes of the Warm Homes, Healthy People project will reduce the level of cold related illness and winter deaths in Bedford Borough due to cold housing.

 

Bedford Borough Council are sharing the funding with Warm Homes, Healthy People project partners, Age UK, the Salvation Army, Bedford Citizens Advice Bureau, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC), to ensure those in need receive practical information, advice and support including warm clothing and heating equipment. The money will serve to reach out to those in urban and rural areas as well increasing the availability of shelter to homeless people during particularly severe weather conditions.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Adults Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “This funding couldn’t have come at a better time as yet more snow is predicted this weekend. We would like to encourage people to keep an eye out for any vulnerable people in their community who may need a little extra help in staying warm. Securing this funding will mean many more people will be better equipped and supported to cope with the extreme temperatures.”

 

Bedford Borough Council was also successful in their bid for funding to deliver boiler replacements for homeowners over the age of 60 with inefficient boilers. If the home’s current boiler is more than 12 years old, ‘G’ rated, a back boiler, been condemned, or is not working, residents may be eligible to benefit from the Council’s Boiler Replacement Loan Scheme.

 

People who feel they could benefit from an application to the Warm Homes, Healthy People project should call Bedford Borough Council on 01234 228 635 and ask to be referred. Likewise, Bedford Borough organisations in touch with people who could benefit, can also call the same number.

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