Heywood Elderly Offered Helping Hand To Keep Warm

January 11, 2013

HeatingHeywood’s elderly and vulnerable people have been handed a heating lifeline by Rochdale Borough Council.

As we all know, having working heating and hot water systems in our homes is key to staying healthy especially during the colder months.

Rochdale Borough Council’s Home Improvement Agency (HIA) is offering a helping hand to Heywood’s elderly and vulnerable households whose heating systems are not working, putting them at particular risk of health problems due to excess cold.

The council made a  bid for funding from the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People scheme to pay for heating repairs or provide alternative solutions. The scheme is running until the end of March this year.

Once a request for help is made a home visit will be arranged to establish the nature of the problem. Where there is a simple solution work will be carried out immediately, otherwise arrangements will be made for a council-approved Gas Safe Contractor to carry out the repairs.

If repair is not possible, or costs are too high, the council will loan Heywood households oil-filled radiators and explore other ways of funding repairs.

Councillor Jean Hornby, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “I’m very pleased with this initiative. The elderly and vulnerable residents are at particular risk of health problems resulting from poor heating and hot water systems.

“This funding will help us to sort out issues before people become ill, as prevention is always better than cure, and I would urge anyone eligible to get in touch as soon as possible.”

To request help call the HIA on 01706 926671 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Visits will be arranged the same day wherever possible.

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