rory welcomes government help to keep poorest warm this winter

Rory has welcomed £357,000 of funding for the Cumbria Affordable Warmth Partnership to help keep some of the poorest people in Cumbria warm this winter. The investment comes from the government’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ fund which invited local authorities to bid for money from the Department of Health to reduce deaths over the winter months. The initiative has been praised by the local MP, who is a strong advocate of winter warmth support for the more vulnerable in Cumbria – he has been an active supporter of the Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Project since election.

This money will help fund:

• Energy efficiency projects to the most vulnerable people.

• Providing residents with better advice.

• Ensuring better public awareness of cold weather.

• Providing staff and volunteers with fuel poverty/cold weather awareness training.

Rory – pictured here at Westminster with one of Cumbria Community Foundation’s Lego Houses, representing their campaign logo this year – said: “People in Cumbria will I am sure be pleased to know the Government is putting almost £360,000 behind efforts to help keep the most vulnerable members of our community warm this winter. This is a fantastic commitment to our local winter warmth initiatives, such as Cumbria Community Foundation’s annual appeal. Once again the Prime Minister’s commitment to supporting hard pressed people is being shown. Along with discounts to energy bills, boosting cold weather payments, protecting winter fuel payments and getting customers the lowest tariffs, this action shows how serious Conservatives in Government are about helping people with the cost of coping with the cold.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind constituents to call the Home Heat Helpline, which exists to help let people know if they are eligible for financial assistance towards their heating. Approximately 3,900 households in Penrith and the Border are eligible for support, and the Home Heat Helpline will offer free and impartial advice about your heating needs this winter. Please do call 0800 33 66 99 to find out more.”



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