Crisis fund aims to help people cope with demands of winter
A SPECIAL crisis fund is to be set up in Torbay to help people cope with the demands of winter.
It comes after Torbay Council successfully bid for a £62,000 grant from the Department of Health's Warm Homes Healthy People fund.
The aim of the funding is to deliver energy efficiency and heating improvements to the most vulnerable people and to ensure better public awareness of the impacts of cold weather.
The money will also provide staff and volunteers with training.
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Deputy mayor David Thomas, whose portfolio includes strategic responsibility for housing, said: "We are extremely grateful to the Department of Health for its decision to make this one-off payment after recognising that our bid met the criteria.
"The intention is to work in partnership with Age UK Torbay to set up a crisis fund over the winter period providing grants to help protect vulnerable people in Torbay.
"This will focus upon heating systems to ensure those most vulnerable have the ability to keep warm this winter.
"For example, an elderly person living on limited means might suffer a heating boiler breakdown during cold weather and simply cannot afford to pay for repairs.
"We would then be able to use money from the crisis fund to help foot the repair bill.
"Training will also be offered to community groups and community partnerships to provide advice to others on how to keep warm this winter and lower energy bills.
"We recognise these are tough times for many vulnerable people across the Bay.
"It is vital we do everything we can do to provide financial support where appropriate, and this Government grant is a welcome funding boost."