Monday, 3 July 2006

Warm and well, here to help

A new way of helping at least 6,000 households in Redcar and Cleveland who cannot afford to heat their homes adequately has been launched in the Borough.

Redcar and Cleveland Council, through Warm Zones, has a proven track record of removing people from this difficult situation, providing energy efficiency measures to their homes and helping to increase their income through benefit entitlement checks.

With the closure of Warm Zone, the Council's strategic partner, Jarvis Accommodation Services, has been working to establish a new way of helping these vulnerable households, many of them elderly, sick or disabled or low income families.

Now, the new programme, Warm and Well, has been created, with Jarvis and the Council bringing in partners, including Langbaurgh Primary Care Trust, Age Concern, Warm Front, Carers Together and the Pension Service.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Renewal Councillor Chris Abbott said: "We are very pleased to be launching this new initiative.

"The scheme offers benefit checks to householders to try to increase their income and find an afforable route for installing measures by making use of available grant or discount schemes."

For more information on 'Warm & Well in Redcar & Cleveland', contact 01642 777976.

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