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Dudley Council launches scheme to help residents cope with freezing winter weather
1:00pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
DUDLEY Council has launched a scheme to help people battling the effects of freezing temperatures during winter months.
A similar scheme last year helped more than 500 households cope with problems caused by the cold and fuel poverty with a variety of information, practical support and expert advice.
The winter warmth scheme tackles issues including paying fuel bills, help with energy debt, assistance with home energy efficiency improvements and grants, including access to free boiler and home insulation schemes plus assistance accessing warm homes discount funds.
Free emergency crisis heating measures are also available, such as portable heaters, blankets and hot water bottles.
Councillor Steve Waltho, Dudley cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “Each year people die as a result of freezing winter weather and cold homes.
“The winter warmth scheme aims to ensure that all our residents keep warm and well over winter. With fuel prices continuing to rise and a harsh winter predicted it is essential that anyone worried about keeping warm at home asks for help.
"I would encourage anyone concerned about keeping warm at home themselves, or worried about a relative, friend or neighbour, to call the winter warmth helpline. Help from the scheme really could save a life”
The winter warmth helpline is 01384 817086. Advice is initially given over the phone but can then be followed up by a free home visit, if needed.
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