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Free help to keep warm this winter

February 7, 2012 5:21 PM


Sutton's elderly and disabled residents are being urged to see if they qualify for free help to keep warm this winter.

Sutton Council's Warm Room scheme offers practical help to those who need it most. Residents who qualify for the scheme will receive a visit from the council to see if any simple changes can be made to their living room or bedroom to keep them warm and healthy.

This could include things like draught proofing for windows, thick lined curtains, rugs for bare floors, emergency electricity supplies, extra duvets or blankets and having chimneys sealed. All of these measures can be provided free of charge by the council.

Cllr Colin Stears, Executive Member for Adult Social Services and Health at Sutton Council, said: "We all know how important it is to keep warm during the cold weather if we want to avoid falling ill. This is especially important for our more vulnerable residents who might be worried about rising energy costs.

"The Warm Room scheme can help to find simple ways to keep warm this winter; whether it's providing extra blankets or duvets or things like draught excluders or thick curtains to keep the cold out. If you know anyone who might benefit from this free service, please pass on our details; it might make a real difference to their health this winter."

To qualify for the scheme vulnerable residents must be on an income or disability related benefit.

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For more information call 020 8770 5070.