Vulnerable people struggling to heat their homes in Lichfield and Burntwood have been given a boost after a £170,000 funding pot was approved.

Lichfield District Council has been awarded money by the Department of Health and the Department of Environment & Climate Change to help improve the energy efficiency of local homes.

The money will mean people can apply for Emergency Heating Grants to repair or replace their broken heating systems.

Applicants must be able to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  •  Be over 65 years of age
  • Suffer from a health condition exacerbated by the cold
  • Be on benefits

The grants do not have to be paid back and will cover all the costs of the work, which could include installing a new boiler.

Councillor Ian Pritchard said: “It is great news that we have secured this funding as it will mean we can help many of our most vulnerable residents to afford to keep their homes warm.

“The funding must be used by the end of March 2013, so if your heating is faulty, please contact our energy advice line to apply for an Emergency Heating Grant as soon as possible.”

To find out if you are eligible for an Emergency Heating Grant, the services of a winter technician or a Home Energy Advice Visit, call Lichfield District Council’s energy advice line for free on 0800 677 1543.