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Consultation on £50m fund to help 'most vulnerable' deal with climate change - 17 March 2011

The Big Lottery Fund has pledged up to £50m to help the vulnerable people in England tackle the potential impacts of climate change by 2015.

A Big Lottery Fund statement said the fund was needed because vulnerable people, such as older people on low incomes and those with disabilities, might be the 'most challenged' by the need to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to new climates.

It said they were more likely to live in low-quality housing, would be worst affected by the impact of floods and heat waves, and would have 'fewer resources to reduce their carbon footprint and pay higher fuel bills'.

The BIG will distribute up to £10m of the funding in the next year, with as much as £50m available by 2015.

BIG are currently consulting into how funding will be allocated and spent.

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