The package also ensures that elderly householders have heating in at least one living room and one bedroom and that their cooker is in good working order. Pensioners who own their own homes and are in receipt of benefits are being targeted by the scheme in the Perry Barr area of Birmingham. The area was chosen because it has the highest percentage of pensioner households over 75 years of age and one of the highest densities of lone pensioners in the city.
Local ward councillor Mike Leddy commented: 'We are now writing to hundreds of elderly people throughout Perry Barr to advise them that they are eligible for help under 'Warm, Safe and Secure'. I would urge them to take advantage of this marvellous opportunity by applying immediately, there are no catches and it will make their homes much safer and more comfortable.'