St Edmundsbury Borough Council is one of the latest councils to have secured funding for the Government’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ scheme.

The project is aimed at people over the age of 60, families on a low income or with children, as well as young people with learning disabilities.

Those in ‘fuel poverty’ (spending more than 10 per cent of their income to achieve the temperatures needed to maintain health and comfort) are advised to see whether they are eligible for the scheme.

The scheme can also offer installation of free community alarms with extreme temperature sensors in vulnerable people’s homes, which is supported by a befriending service to monitor conditions. It also offers temporary heating solutions in the form of a heater loan scheme and free emergency boiler repairs service for vulnerable households.

The overall health impact of cold private housing is thought to cost the NHS more than £850 million a year, so it is important to ensure that you and your family are receiving the heating services you require. Experts warn that badly insulated, poorly heated homes make a huge contribution to winter deaths and cold-related illness in vulnerable people. If your boiler does break down, it is wise to invest in temporary heater hire, otherwise it could cause health problems for members of your family.