VULNERABLE residents are to get a £105,000 boost to help keep them warm this winter.
Blackpool Council has secured the grant from the Department of Health’s Warm Homes Health People fund.
The cash will be spent on measures including emergency heating, free room thermometers, first aid training for community groups, income boosts and cold alarms.
An information pack will also be distributed with advice and contact numbers, while voluntary groups will be encouraged to help out by clearing and gritting paths if it snows, and delivering information.
Coun Kath Rowson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We are already seeing reports which expect temperatures to plummet over the next few weeks, so it is our priority to make sure our vulnerable residents are protected and prepared. The Warm Homes Healthy People funding is for a short term scheme, but we hope by working with our local partners it can make a real difference to people’s lives and health.
“When the temperature is cold, people need to make sure they can stay safe by following simple tips, such as eating regular hot meals, keeping their house warm and letting neighbours and family know about their welfare.
“Anybody who thinks they need help over the cold months should contact the Warm Homes hotline on 476843 immediately for help.”
Partners include British Red Cross, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Advice Link, NVision and Dying to Keep Warm.