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New research into eradicating cold homes

Around 2,000 Blackpool households are set to benefit from a new initiative designed to improve warmth in the home.

Project Counter Attack, which was set up by Blackpool Council working with Blackpool Primary Care Trust and Blackpool’s Care & Repair agency was launched on Friday 16th February by Cllr Fred Jackson, Cabinet Member for the Urban Environment.

Attendees included local health, social care, education and housing professionals. Project Counter Attack will focus on identifying people suffering from cold related illness which is exacerbated by inadequate heating/insulation in the home. It will investigate the barriers which may prevent people from accessing current measures (services and benefits they are entitled to) and will use that information to help shape future services.

Additionally they will be given direct help to access services available to improve warmth in the home. The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, which was set up in last November to help tackle fuel poverty, grants funds to not-for-profit projects around Britain that primarily help young people and families as well as other vulnerable groups who need spend more than 10 per cent of their income on their energy bills and struggle to pay. They have contributed £95,000 towards the costs of this project.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of External Business and Community Relations and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said: “Project Counter Attack is exactly the kind of initiative that we are keen to support as it is aimed at helping vulnerable residents keep their homes warm and dry. We are delighted to have been able to assist people living in the Blackpool area and help the community by funding this very worthy scheme.

“At ScottishPower we take the problem of fuel poverty very seriously which is why we have trebled the funding available from the Energy People Trust from the initial £1 million to £3 million.

Monday, July 06, 2009