MP welcomes Government help to keep the poorest warm this winter

 

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald has welcomed £ 395,982 of funding for Hertfordshire to help keep the poorest people in the local area warm this winter.

 

This investment comes from the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund which invited Local authorities to bid for money from the Department of Health to reduce deaths over the winter months.

 

This money will help fund:

  • energy efficiency projects to the most vulnerable people
  • providing residents with better advice
  • ensuring better public awareness of cold weather and
  • providing staff and volunteers with fuel poverty/cold weather awareness training.

 

Commenting, Oliver Heald said, ‘Residents locally will be pleased to know about this scheme to help keep the most vulnerable members of our community warm this winter.

‘Along with discounts to energy bills, boosting cold weather payments, protecting winter fuel payments and getting customers the lowest tariffs, this action shows how serious the Coalition Government are about helping people with the cost of coping with the cold.’

 

Notes to editors:

 

·         More details on the Warm Homes Health People fund can be found on the Department of Health webpage (Department of Health Press Release, 13 September 2012)

 

·         Hertfordshire was granted £395,982 from the Warm Homes Health People fund for the Keep Warm, Stay Well project (House of Commons, Deposited Paper: DEP2012-1707, 22 November 2012, Hansard, 22 November 2012, Cols. 38-39WS).