Shocking statistics show hundreds of vulnerable people die during the winter cold snap simply because they can't afford to heat their homes properly.
It is estimated that around 28,000 are in 'fuel poverty', leading to around 220 deaths each year across Cheshire East.
But now Cheshire East Council has successfully bid for around £450,000 from the Government to tackle the problem.
Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member in charge of prosperity and economic regeneration, said: "It is estimated that cold and damp private sector housing costs local health services in excess of £1.6m per year.
"Cold and damp homes have a hugely negative impact on people's health and, in its most extreme form, contribute to winter deaths. It is appalling that in this day and age, vulnerable people are dying because they simply cannot afford to heat their homes.
"The funding will go a long, long way towards helping improve the life chances of these victims."
The Department for Energy and Climate Change made £40m available to local authorities from three specific funds:
Cheshire East Council successfully bid for £181,400 from the Fuel Poverty Fund. The bid promised to provide insulation and heating measures to low income and vulnerable households.
The funds will be distributed as follows:
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