Help on offer to make sure you keep warm in Lincs this winter

HELP to keep warm this winter is now just a phone call away after £500,000 funding was been provided by the Department of Health towards assisting vulnerable people in Lincolnshire.

Those in East and West Lindsey can now benefit from Responders to Warmth (R2W), a scheme to combat fuel poverty and help vulnerable people, who are suffering ill health, to cope through the winter.

Launched on Monday people who live in Lincolnshire and who suffer with chronic ill health can check out the range of free services that available if the person is eligible by telephoning the R2W support line on 0845 606 4566 or by emailing admin@responderstowarmth

The services range from free cavity and wall insulation, through to providing sand and salt to help prevent trips and falls in icy conditions.

Scheme sponsor, assistant director of public health for Lincolnshire, Tony McGinty, said: We hope that Responders to Warmth can plug gaps in service provision – in the context that around one in four Lincolnshire households will struggle to keep warm and well this winter.

“Responders to Warmth is designed to react fast, helping those in most need.”

After contacting R2W and meeting the scheme’s eligibility criteria, we a responder is sent to advise on how to keep fuel bills down and get more from your current heating appliances for less.

R2W can also provide a handyman service to undertake simple jobs to help keep clients cosy through the worst of the winter.

The scheme runs from until March 31. To be eligible you need to have a health condition that can be validated by a health professional, and have a combined household income of under £23,500 and cash savings of less than £13,000.