Council scheme helps residents keep homes warm and save cash

Dudley Council’s winter warmth support scheme which helped more than eight hundred residents keep warm and well in their homes last winter has been launched once again for the coming winter and will now continue to run throughout the year.

The scheme aims to help people struggling to keep their homes and themselves warm enough during the winter months. Householders can save significantly on their home energy bills with the right advice on appropriate tariffs, as well as energy discounts and grants.

A variety of practical support, information and expert advice is provided through the scheme. Anyone worried about keeping their home warm this winter, struggling with paying their fuel bills or concerned about keeping well at home during the winter due to the cold can ask for help from the scheme.

All sorts of help can be provided from expert advice and support with changing to the best energy provider and tariff, help with energy debt, as well as assistance with home energy efficiency improvements and grants, including access to free boiler and home insulation schemes.

Councillor Les Jones, cabinet member for housing, said:

“Each year people die as a result of freezing winter weather and cold homes. Living in a cold home can lead to very serious health problems, particularly for older people, young children and people suffering from long term health conditions, such as asthma.

“It is essential that people start preparing for winter before the cold months set in.  If people are concerned about heating their homes they should contact the scheme’s helpline to ask for support and advice. We want to make sure that all our residents keep warm and well in their homes whatever the time of year – hence the extension of the scheme to all year round. I encourage anyone concerned about keeping warm at home themselves, or worried about a relative, friend or neighbour, to call the scheme.”

The winter warmth helpline is 01384 817086. Call to request a free home visit.

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