AS the wintry weather continues, Dudley Council’s winter warmth service is helping residents to keep their homes toasty.

The service offers advice, help and practical support to anyone struggling to heat their home.

Those concerned about paying their fuel bills or worried about keeping well at home during the cold weather can ask for help from the service.

Since October, the service has helped more than 500 households keep warm.

Portable heaters, blankets and hot water bottles have been issued, people have been assisted with their energy debts, and helped to switch to the best energy supplier and tariff for their circumstances.

Councillor Steve Waltho, cabinet member for housing, said: “Every year we have people who are ill or lose their lives because of the cold weather. This worsens when the weather is extremely cold.

“I urge anyone concerned about a cold home – whether their own, or a neighbour and family members to contact the winter warmth service for help.

“There is no reason for people to suffer from living in a cold home, advice and real support is on hand from the service.”

For advice, call the winter warmth support helpline on 01384 817086.