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WARM, SAFE AND SECURE BOOST FOR BIRMINGHAM'S ELDERLY

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Up to£900,000 is to be spent by Birmingham City Council to ensure that the homes of hundreds of elderly people in ...
Up to£900,000 is to be spent by Birmingham City Council to ensure that the homes of hundreds of elderly people in the city are warm, safe and secure this winter. The housing department's 'Warm, Safe and Secure' scheme offers a full gas safety check, free repair or replacement of defective appliances, home insulation and draught proofing and new door and window locks.

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.'

Age Concern energy advice volunteers will provide a follow-up service to everyone who benefits under the scheme to ensure that all work has been carried out satisfactorily and that they can use their new appliances easily and efficiently.
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