£265k grant available to support the vulnerable this winter


Suffolk County Council and its partners have successfully secured £265,000 to support vulnerable people in the county through the remaining winter months.

The one off grant from the Department of Health’s ‘warm homes healthy people’ fund will help support a number of initiatives designed to tackle fuel poverty in the county.

Initiatives include:

  • Borough and district councils will offer advice to anyone struggling to keep warm this winter
  • Independent energy advisors will visit households struggling to pay their energy bills to offer advice and install measures to save money and energy
  • Suffolk Acre roadshows to promote their good neighbour and community oil buying schemes
  • Match funding for Suffolk Foundation’s ‘Surviving Winter’ Appeal to allow (in addition to older people) other vulnerable groups to benefit, including young families and people with disabilities
  • Installation of FREE extreme temperature sensors in vulnerable people’s homes
  • A befriending service
  • A central telephone number people can call for information, advice and support. Tel: 08456 037 686

Councillor Colin Noble, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult and Community Services said:

“It is a sad fact that in this day and age that there are still a large number of people who cannot afford to sufficiently heat their homes. In 2008 more than 43,000 households in Suffolk were deemed to be in fuel poverty. By working with our partners from across the county we have been able to secure funding which will help these members of our communities. It is important that we do as much as we possibly can to ensure that everyone stays warm and well this winter.”

“The work we can support as a result of this funding will make a real difference to a significant number of people across the county and whilst this is one off funding many of the initiatives will hopefully be maintained for future years.”

Anyone who has a vulnerable relative or neighbour is urged to help them find out more about what support and assistance might be available to them.

Further information is available www.suffolk.gov.uk/warmhomes or people can email winterwellbeing@suffolk.gov.uk