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31/01/12 Help With Winter Bills - Surrey wins 264,000 pounds

People in Surrey struggling to pay heating bills or living in cold homes will benefit from £264,000 after a successful bid by a new group of public and voluntary organisations.

Nearly 30 organisations and voluntary groups joined the county council in the bid for cash to keep people warm and healthy during the winter.

One of the Surrey Healthy Homes partnership* schemes will see vulnerable people given taxi vouchers to get to GP appointments. Another will see Action Surrey insulate lofts and walls free of charge.

Emergency boiler repairs will be carried out in the Spelthorne and Runnymede areas and a meals on wheels service will be launched in Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead. There will be information leaflets packed with tips, help and advice to keep warm and safe during the cold months.

The money will also be used for extra training for frontline workers and volunteers to support people struggling to pay fuel bill to hand out information leaflets telling people where to find local services that provide help in bad weather.

The schemes will be managed by Action Surrey, an organisation that offers advice to businesses, schools and residents about cutting energy and water use.

Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling said: "It's excellent news that by joining forces as one team we have been successful in winning this money.

"It is a great opportunity for the county council to work with voluntary and community organisations to ensure that support gets right to the heart of communities."

Ben Wood, Project Manager of Action Surrey said: "Action Surrey is delighted to be involved in the co-ordination of this award and to ensure that the most vulnerable in the county are assisted during the winter months."


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