Surrey

Surrey winter help bid backed by Department of Health

People in Surrey who struggle to keep warm during the winter are to receive help after government cash was allocated to cold weather schemes.

Nearly 30 voluntary groups and Surrey County Council have jointly received £264,000 from the Department of Health.

The organisations will spend the cash on schemes including helping people with insulation and boiler repairs.

Another scheme will include giving vulnerable people taxi vouchers so they can get to GP appointments.

Fuel bills advice

A meals-on-wheels service will also be launched in the Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead areas.

The council said money would also be used to give front-line workers extra training.

Volunteers will also be available to support people struggling to pay fuel bills and will hand out information leaflets on where to find help in bad weather.

Councillor Michael Gosling, cabinet member for adult social care and health, said it was an opportunity to ensure support reached the heart of communities.

The schemes are being managed by Action Surrey.

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