Councillor Tim Moore, city council cabinet member, said: “As well as making preparations for themselves I would ask residents to check on their neighbours and relatives who may be vulnerable to see if they need anything. This can be particularly important if the individual is unable to leave their home. Be a good neighbour and make sure nobody is left in the cold.”
• The city council has obtained a grant of just under £300,000 from the Department of Health’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ fund to protect vulnerable individuals and communities from the effects of severe winter weather due to cold housing.
The grant will support a number of schemes including improving insulation and offer help with boiler repairs and central heating insulation. Warm packs will also be delivered to residents across the city.
A key element in the bid was tackling social isolation. Local community and residents groups will be supported to deliver services to help vulnerable residents by calling on them and helping them stay safe during extreme weather.