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Bath residents to receive thermal insulation support

A service provider funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council is offering advice on thermal insulation as part of a scheme to support elderly, disabled and vulnerable consumers in the area.

West of England Care and Repair will be visiting local residents for free home check-ups, after which they will then provide practical help with small repairs, minor property adaptations and housing-related advice, This is Bath reports.

The organisation is providing the services in partnership alongside the council, as part of a £5 million initiative supported by the Department of Health.

Craig Wilson, chief executive of the body, urged households with members over 60 and disabled people of all ages to book a home visit.

As well as support, individuals could benefit from a number of essentials, such as blankets, socks, gloves, a hot water bottle and an insulated cup.

"The free warm home check-up includes advice on loft insulation, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, central heating systems and draft-proofing, amongst other things," Mr Wilson was quoted as saying.

According to government figures, the over-65 population is likely to rise by 50 per cent between now and 2035, while the over-85 population could rise by 110 per cent in the same period.

It is therefore important for any elderly or vulnerable individuals to take advantage of the help they may be eligible for - one way in which they are able to find out more about the support on offer is to contact the Council Home Energy Team on 0800 082 2234.

Councillor Simon Allen, who is the cabinet member for wellbeing, said the Bath and North East Somerset Council welcomes the move as one of the first actions addressing the impact of cold weather.

Above all, he told the news provider, the local authority's scheme is committed to ensuring vulnerable residents "are supported to live in their own home as long as possible and preventing the need for costly residential or nursing care placements".

Posted by Helen Hughes