Energy efficiency scheme benefiting the elderly and vulnerable receives national recognition
An energy efficiency scheme set up by the Peterborough City Council and aiming to help the elderly and vulnerable become more secure and energy efficient has received the Integration Champion Award 2014 from Foundations, the national body for home improvement agencies.
The City Council’s Care and Repair Home Improvement Agency has managed to scoop this important award due to the very effective way in which it brought together health, housing and social care teams to identify individuals and families that require assistance to prevent isolation and loss of independence and improve their living conditions.
Peter Hiller, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Services, said: “I am delighted the agency has received national recognition for its very important work to improve the lives of so many people in Peterborough. With a few simple changes to security through improved locks and bolts or chains on the door, the team has also helped to give thousands of residents peace of mind and made them feel more secure in their own homes.”
Among the improvements made by the agency are heating and energy efficiency measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses which are closely associated with winter deaths.
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