Health scheme gets funding

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A SCHEME to get Thetford residents fit and healthy has received a £32,000 funding boost.

The META scheme, an advice and information service run by the Keystone Development Trust, will be able to continue after Breckland Council confirmed on Tuesday that funding would be provided.

In a report to the council’s cabinet, Rob Walker, assistant director of commissioning, said the money would come from £900,000 Department of Health funding for the Thetford Healthy Town Project.

He said: “The META scheme has and continues to be an integral part of the project’s success.

“Breckland Council funding for this project will be an important contribution to the overall match funding required to satisfy the Department of Health.”

Despite the money being ring-fenced from the council’s Area Based Grant, cabinet approval was still needed for it to be released to NHS Norfolk.

Thetford is one of nine healthy towns nationally and the only one in the Eastern region.

The Government’s funding is for a three-year project.