£500,000 to spread some warmth

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A scheme which helps mainly older people to stay warm in winter has been given £500,000 to continue its work.

Lincolnshire County Council’s executive allocated the cash for the successful Responders to Warmth scheme at its meeting earlier this week.

The money will used to run the scheme again this coming winter.

Between November 2012 and April this year, the Responders to Warmth call centre helped more than 4,000 people with energy advice, aids and repairs, connections to gas mains, help to join bulk oil schemes, emergency heating and even replacement systems.

In the past two years it has provided more than £330,000 worth of repairs and installations.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for adult care and health, said: “Helping people keep warm in winter is essential to good health.

“Not only does it avoid unnecessary illness, it reduces the number of people living in miserable and uncomfortable circumstances.

“The people that we have helped in previous years said they felt healthier and more cared for.”

More information about the scheme can be found at www.responderstowarmth.co.uk.