MORE than £300,000 of funding has been agreed by a council to help those in need stay warm during winter.
The £317,000 from external sources will be spent by Arun District Council on delivering the West Sussex fuel poverty programme.
Arun’s fuel poverty co-ordinator role will continue and use the funds in partnership with the community, voluntary sector and organisations across the county to reduce the impact on vulnerable residents of poor heating and insulation.
Cllr Paul Wotherspoon, who heads the council’s community services, said: “With winter on its way, fuel poverty will once again be back on the agenda. I am, therefore, delighted that this funding has been agreed as it helps the council to support those who need our help.
“I am delighted to see the contract for the co-ordinator has been extended until March 2018 meaning this will help projects to continue, and initiatives developed which will assist in reducing fuel poverty across Arun.”
The fuel poverty co-ordinator post has been hosted by Arun since 2007 and has attracted funds for schemes to promote staying warm in winter. The West Sussex fuel poverty programme is externally funded through a Warmer West Sussex grant, public health and income generated by the co-ordinator.