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Cash boost for County Durham fuel poverty service

Older people living in fuel poverty in County Durham will benefit from a £364,000 grant awarded to a free service providing energy saving guidance and financial advice.

Managing Money Better helps people heat their homes efficiently and cost-effectively and advises them on how to remain debt free.

One in five older people now live below the poverty line and many lack access to good, independent financial advice.

The project has been awarded the cash by Comic Relief.

Customers are visited by one of the project's energy co-ordinators to carry out a household MOT and welfare advice is also given to ensure older people are claiming the benefits they are entitled to.

"We are delighted to be supporting this new project in the north-east of England helping older people deal with the effects of fuel poverty and the rising cost of living and look forward to seeing some very positive outcomes for them as a result."

– Gilly Green, head of UK grants at Comic Relief