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Hertfordshire receives cash boost for thermal insulation scheme

Hertfordshire residents are due to receive thermal insulation as part of an energy efficiency scheme running throughout the county.

The local council has been awarded with £395,000 from the Department of Health's Warm Homes Healthy People Fund, which is looking to provide aid to homeless people, older individuals and low-income households.

To identify those most in need, Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with its ten district councils, NHS Hertfordshire and various voluntary groups.

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, cabinet member for adult health and wellbeing, said following the success of the Keep Warm, Stay Well initiative in 2011, she is pleased the authority has once again receiving funding.

"Each winter, there's a rise in the number of cold-related illness and deaths and this funding will help keep people warm and healthy," she added.

The cash injection will be used to advance existing energy efficiency projects, upgrade consumers' heating systems and provide extra services for homeless people.

According to the World Health Organisation, older homeowners, young children and anyone who is ill should heat their living rooms to 21 degrees C in the daytime and 18 degrees C at night.

Posted by Paul Taylor