Builders in Hove could help older people beat the cold

Government funding could be used to pay for builders in Hove to tackle issues in homes that are among the coldest in the country this winter.

The Department of Health has revealed that Westminster has teamed up with Age UK and the Met Office to help protect older people from the elements. A host of funding schemes have been unveiled to tackle the problem in a variety of ways.

Some £20 million will be spent by local authorities looking to address cold homes, while an extra £10 million has been made available to support existing programmes. Money could be spent on items such as insulation and new heating systems, all of which could be installed by professional tradesmen.

“Older people and those with long term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the cold and we need to be aware of how we can help,” said health secretary Andrew Lansley.

The Consumer Council for Water recently said that burst pipes are a threat to homeowners in winter – a problem that could be dealt with by plumbers.

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