Cannock Council supports ‘Beat the Cold’ in the fight against cold homes in the District
19th January 2015
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When a vulnerable person is cold at home, they put their health at risk as well as their comfort.  Last year, in the Cannock Chase District there were 20 excess winter deaths and 4411 households lived in fuel poverty.  That is around 1 in 9 of the households in the District.  The health of many people was affected – ranging from heart attacks to breathing problems, from depression to accidental falls.

 

When Beat the Cold advisers call on a vulnerable household, they will check meters and fuel bills, look for better deals on gas and electricity and help the householder apply for any grants or discounts.  They will make sure that the householder knows the best ways to use their heating system and if there are any problems to sort out, they will contact the fuel company there and then.  This advice is available to owner occupiers and tenants. The charity may even be able to help with repairing a heating system and by working with partners they will make the money go as far as possible.

 

To help get the message across a graphic was produced by final year medical students from Keele University, who summed up the effects of the cold with a simple drawing of a poorly man, aptly named ‘Luke Warm’,  who has a serious message as temperatures fall and heating costs rise.

 

Councillor Muriel Davis, Portfolio Leader for Health and Wellbeing said “It is important at this time of year that vulnerable residents know what help is available to them.  With the rising cost of heating, some people are struggling to keep their homes warm; this can cause serious health issues for vulnerable people.  Beat the Cold offer a great service so if you are struggling with a cold home or know someone who is, give them a call.”

 

Beat the Cold hotline: 0800 043 2815 or 01782 683813.

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