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Warm Homes, Healthy People Initiative Rolls Across England - 25 January 2011

One off grants to Local Authorities from the Department of Health’s ‘warm homes healthy people’ fund will help support a number of initiatives designed to tackle fuel poverty throughout England.

The initiative is being distributed in different ways depending on the council.

Some councils, such as Birmingham City, Suffolk County, West Berkshire, and Harrow, will administer the funding in partnership with other organisations, and are asking voluntary and community organisations or residents to contact them with referrals of vulnerable people by 27 January 2012.

Others, such as Enfield Council, are offering one-off grants to the local voluntary and community sector to run short-term projects. Enfield is providing grants of up to £2,500 for projects that provide network support, information and advice, hot meals, luncheon clubs, a warm place to spend time; or mobilise communities to help neighbours, friends and relatives to protect against avoidable harm to health in winter.

Vulnerable households include, but are not limited to, those with:

  • People aged over 75 years or who are frail, suffering from arthritis, limited mobility or otherwise at risk of falls or elderly people living on their own.
  • People with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory illnesses and other chronic medical conditions.
  • People with severe mental illness, dementia, learning difficulties.
  • Families with young children, living in deprived circumstances.
  • Families who are fuel poor (needing to spend more than 10% household income on heating their home).

Please Note: The delivery time is short as the money for all projects must be spent by 31 March 2012.

To find out was is available in your county, go to the relevant Local Authority website.