Chorley heating bill help scheme draws in hundreds of people

A scheme designed to provide older and disadvantaged people with help regarding their heating bills and travel to medical appointments has proved to be extremely successful, with more than 200 people joining, a news report in the local media has revealed.

The “Keep Warm and Well’ campaign being ran in Chorley is aimed at people aged over 65 and involves quite a large number of different organizations. In fact, the local council worked with Preston Care and Repair to carry out a warm homes check and boiler service, Central Lancashire Dial-a-Ride to ensure people can keep medical appointments, the Citizens Advice Bureau which gives advice on energy suppliers and financial help and Help Direct which offers help by signposting and referring people to health and support services, social activities, food banks and meals on wheels.

Councillor Bev Murray, Chorley Council’s lead on older people’s welfare, said the service, launched in December, had seen more than 200 requests for the various free services with some clients saving between £80 and £640 a year.

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