Vulnerable to receive fuel help

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MORE than £250,000 is being spent this winter to help keep vulnerable people in the county warm and healthy.

East Sussex County Council has been given £254,000 worth of government funding from the Department of Health, to develop and implement plans to beat fuel poverty and deal with emergency responses in cold weather.

This is a partnership project working with district and borough councils, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector.

It will help to support vulnerable people, including families, the elderly and those living in rural areas.

Some of the aims which will be explored include developing a vulnerable persons list, ensuring emergency responses are triggered by the national Cold Weather Alert Service and identifying those at risk of fuel poverty.

Councillor Keith Glazier, the county council’s deputy leader and lead member for public health, said: “This is fantastic news for the people of East Sussex. Keeping warm in winter and remaining healthy go hand-in-hand and it is often the most vulnerable in our community that suffer the most.”