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Dear Blackpool Borough Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to respectfully request the following information:

i) When did Blackpool Council enter into a partnership with Cosy Homes in Lancashire/Affordable Warmth Solutions ?
ii) Can you please confirm how many schemes are in place in Blackpool along with their locations.
iii) Can you please confirm how many schemes are pending in Blackpool along with their locations.
iv) Can you please confirm how many households have benefitted from the scheme.
v) Can you please provide a breakdown of the number of council and private households who have benefitted from the scheme.

Yours faithfully,

Garry Richardson

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Richardson

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST

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Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

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FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

Dear Mr Richardson

With regards to your FOI request below, I have been asked to seek further clarification on questions 2 and 3.

You ask about 'how many schemes', please can you clarify what you mean by 'scheme'. For example, Warm Homes Fund Category 1 is a scheme, or are you referring to how many properties?

Please also find link below to some information regarding this subject on our website:
https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/H...

To supply more details, you can write to: FOI, Blackpool Council, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA or email us at [email address]. Please remember to quote your reference number when you contact us.

Please note that if you do not provide more detail about your request for information within three months from the date of this letter, I will consider your request closed.

Kind Regards

Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

Post to: Blackpool Council | PO Box 4 | Blackpool | FY1 1NA
T: 01253 477477
E: [Blackpool Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

For clarification, questions 2 and 3 should have the word 'properties' and not 'schemes' in each question.

Yours sincerely,

Garry Richardson

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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Dear Mr Richardson

Please see attached.

Kind Regards

Information Governance Team
Governance and Partnerships | Blackpool Council |Number One| Bickerstaffe Square |Talbot Road |Blackpool |FY1 3AH

Post to: Blackpool Council | PO Box 4 | Blackpool | FY1 1NA
T: 01253 477477
E: [Blackpool Council request email]

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