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#FuelPovertyAwarenessDay

#FuelPovertyAwarenessDay - Friday 15 February

Councillor Cathryn Bayton, cabinet member for health said:

“In 2019, it is totally unacceptable for anyone to have to make the choice between eating and heating, and Dudley Council are committed to helping and supporting those residents who are struggling more at this time of year.

 “Our Winter Warmth scheme and energy advice service has helped more than 1,100 people since it was set up in April 2018. Our advisors visit homes, offer advice, support with accessing funding, help people to choose the best tariff for them and provide heaters to those in immediate need.

 “While fuel poverty is shameful, it is not necessarily the cause of all of the additional deaths that occur in the winter compared to the summer and we are also taking steps to tackle these other factors. We encourage people to take up their free flu jabs and we also support them to reduce the risk of having a fall which can severely impact on health. We’ve also produce a booklet this year which gives residents information about the changes they can make at home and the wide range of support available to them to stay safe and well in winter.

 “Nobody should be living in a cold house and risking their health. It is just not acceptable. Anyone who is concerned about themselves, friends or family members can call the Winter Warmth team on 01384 817086 to see what support is available.”

If you know of anybody in fuel poverty, or just in need of advice and support in terms of keeping their home warm and themselves healthy, you can get in touch with our winter warmth team on 01384 817086  or email winterwarmth@dudley.gov.uk

Our Winter Warmth scheme and energy advice service has helped more than 1,100 people since it was set up in April 2018. Our advisors visit homes, offer advice, support with accessing funding, help people to choose the best tariff for them and provide heaters to those in immediate need.

Residents can also pick up a copy of our ‘Winter Safe and Well’ leaflet which offers tips. Available at libraries, leisure centres and online

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/winterwellbeing