Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is reminding people that it can help vulnerable residents stay warm this winter.
The Council’s Warm Homes Healthy People scheme is targeted at people who are over 75, are in receipt of disability benefits, have a long term condition made worse by the cold or a child under 5 with a long term condition made worse by the cold.
Throughout the colder months the Council works with various partners to support vulnerable residents.
The scheme includes emergency heating, advice and support about how to remain healthy and better cope with cold weather, a home handy-person service, energy debt advice, welfare benefits advice and in some cases, when in receipt of qualifying benefits, boiler servicing and repairs.
Since it was first launched four years ago winter warmth assessments have been completed in more than 1,800 homes.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health Councillor Jim Beall, said: “It is really important that people keep warm during the winter months as we know that cold homes can make existing health conditions worse, lead to serious health conditions and even premature deaths.
“The Warm Homes Healthy People scheme has helped many of our most vulnerable residents access support to keep warm over the last few years so I’m really pleased it is running again.”
To find out what support could be available through Warm Homes Healthy People visit www.stockton.gov.uk/warmhomes or call 01642 528215 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
For emergency help with heating outside of these hours, contact Cleveland Fire Brigade on their 24-hour helpline on 01429 874063.