Whether it's help with saving energy, heating the home more efficiently, or fuel bills, I encourage residents to contact the Council and find out how we can help.
(Vocus) January 21, 2009
Greenwich Council is reminding elderly and vulnerable residents of the extra support they can get with staying warm during the cold snap.
People across the area could get a Cold Weather Payment worth £25 a week to help pay their fuel bills, which is paid automatically if average temperatures remain below zero degrees for seven consecutive days.
They are paid to pensioners, disabled people and families with children receiving certain benefits, and have already been triggered following the recent spell of cold weather.
People aged over 60-years-old can get a Winter Fuel Payment to help with heating costs. This will have been paid automatically around Christmas time for those on a state pension, or who received the help last year. But other people will have to claim by calling: 0845 915 1515. The deadline is 31 March 2009.
Councillor Angela Cornforth, Greenwich Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Older People's Services, said,
"We want people to maintain good health during the cold weather and to take advantage of the financial help and benefits available to them. The Council is offering help and useful tips for heating the home, as we know the strain energy bills can have on household finances.
"Whether it's help with saving energy, heating the home more efficiently, or fuel bills, I encourage residents to contact the Council and find out how we can help."
The government's 'Keep Warm, Keep Well' campaign means local councils, health and community groups are on hand to help with the costs and practicalities of keeping warm. For a copy of the campaign leaflet call the Department of Health: 0300 123 1002.
Local people can find out more on help with heating costs by calling:
Greenwich Council's Home Improvement Team: 020 8921 2614. They help vulnerable, low income homeowners and private tenants with grants and loans to install central heating and double glazing.
Warm Front Grants: 0800 072 0151. Up-to £2,700 can be offered to provide central heating and insulation improvements to vulnerable low income households.
Energy Saving Trust: 0800 512 012. Offering free advice on energy-saving measures and additional sources of financial help.
For more information, visit Greenwich Council's website:
For media information please contact David Harrison on 020 8921 5214. Email: david.harrison @ greenwich.gov.uk
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Other useful contacts
Greenwich Safer Homes Handyperson Scheme carry out small home repairs: 0800 783 1612.
Greenwich Age Concern offers a range of services for elderly people: 020 8294 0881.
Greenwich Council's Welfare Rights Team check if you are missing out on tax credits or benefits: 020 8317 4872 (textphone 020 8921 5690). Lines open Monday 2-4pm and Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm.