|Keep warm this winter - help available
Suffolk County Council have provided the following advice:
Winter weather can create serious financial and physical challenges, especially
for the elderly, disabled people and families with young children struggling to
keep warm in their homes. Last year, there were more than 350 excess winter
deaths in Suffolk, believed to be connected with the cold weather.
Free help and advice is at hand.
Suffolk's Warm Homes Healthy People scheme offers support to
those most in need.
The scheme can help home owners or tenants who privately rent and are on a low
income or in receipt of a means tested benefit. The scheme also takes into
account age, disability and cold related health conditions.
If you're struggling to keep warm or are worried about the cost of heating your
home, you could get help with:
·Emergency boiler and heating repair costs
·Winter fuel payments
·Free home energy survey with advice on insulation, fuel switching
and cheaper oil prices
·Basic draught proofing
·Temporary loan of heaters
People with vulnerable relatives or neighbours are also urged
to help them find out more about the support available.
Eligibility criteria apply.For more information, call Warm Homes
Healthy People helpline on 08456 037 686 (Local rate, lines open Monday-Friday, 9 - 5pm).
Warm Home Discount Scheme
Did you know that electricity suppliers can award eligible customers
with a £135 Warm Home Discount? Receiving this discount won’t affect your cold
weather or winter fuel payment. To find out more, contact your energy supplier
Please keep warm this winter.
Story By: Town Clerk
Date : 08-01-2014