A charity is to be launched this month to help Britain's 250 home improvement agencies get rapid funding to society's most vulnerable people.
The Foundations Charitable Trust has been established in response to fears that there is currently no provision to allocate quick grants to disadvantaged groups, such as the elderly and disabled that are in need of urgent home repairs.
The trust's first priority is to set up a Fast Track Hardship Fund, which will distribute grants through existing home improvement agencies, many of which are charities in their own right.
Foundations, the government-appointed body that co-ordinates home improvement agencies, has established the trust, which will be chaired by Conservative MP Sir George Young.
The trust will approach interested parties such as the building trade and DIY companies for funding. For details, visit: www.foundationscharitabletrust.org.uk.