Newly released figures show that 10,000 households in Blackburn with Darwen are suffering from fuel poverty and that number is set to double due to the ongoing cost of living crisis.

The statistic is revealed by the Council's Director of Public Health, Abdul Razaq, in a decision to award a new contract for the borough's Safe and Warm Homes Service.

The three-year contract, worth £257,355 from April 1st 2023, has been awarded to us here at Care Network, with an option to extend it for a further two years.

"The purpose of the Safe and Warm Home Service is to increase the awareness of the link between health and housing in our borough, and develop a network of Healthy Homes Champions to promote key messages and provide targeted, coordinated support for residents who may need help in keeping their home warm and safe to live in."

We are thrilled to have been selected and will carry out home risk assessments, as well as providing advice and signposting for suitable interventions to keep resident's home environment safe and warm.

The 3 year contract will enable us to develop the service in order to meet the changing needs of the residents in the borough.

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