Cash for Hertfordshire OAPs to pay heating bills


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AROUND £400,000 has been allocated to help elderly and vulnerable people in Hertfordshire stay warm.

But the Government cash may have to be handed back, as many residents are unaware they can apply for the funding.

Hertfordshire County Council has been given the money, but it must be spent by March 31 or it goes back to the central pot.

The money can be used to pay for people’s heating bills, home insulation, draught proofing or emergency heaters and is available to the elderly, those with young children or those living with long term health conditions.

Some of the cash is available to voluntary organisations and community groups working with people who are at risk.

In 2011 the Department of Health declared 478 more people across Hertfordshire died during the winter months than usual.

County councillor Colette Wyatt-Lowe said: “We want to make sure the funds we successfully bid for are well spent on protecting our vulnerable residents through the cold winter months.”

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Keeping warm in winter months is vital can prevent illnesses.

Ideally older people, young people and those in poor health should heat their living room to 21c during the day and 18c at night.

If people are struggling or they are worried about family members, friends or neighbours they should contact HertsHelp on local rate number 0300 123 4044.