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FUNDING has been approved to extend a Derbyshire County Council scheme to help people with hearing impairments feel safer in their homes after 97 per cent of residents surveyed said it made them feel more secure.

The council fitted specialist door chimes with flashing lights and vibrating pagers to the homes of 400 people with hearing impairments between May 2010 and last October.

And last week, a further £8,000 of funding was approved which will pay for around 300 more alarms which will be fitted through the county’s Handy Van Network.