Dudley housing boss urges vulnerable people to get council help when cold snap starts

Stourbridge News: Cllr Steve Waltho says people can use council services to fight the effects of winter weather Cllr Steve Waltho says people can use council services to fight the effects of winter weather

DUDLEY’S housing chief is urging vulnerable people to use council services to ensure they stay warm when winter bites.

Forecasters are predicting Britain is in for an extended blast of cold weather and Cllr Steve Waltho, Dudley cabinet member for housing, says the authority’s winter warmth service could save lives.

Each year hundreds of borough residents die as a result of freezing temperatures, which also cause problems for people with chronic medical conditions of families on low incomes.

Cllr Waltho said: “Each year we have people who are ill or lose their lives because of the cold, winter weather. This worsens when the weather gets very cold and often leads to stays in hospital or even death for people with heart or breathing problems. It’s essential that residents keep themselves and their homes warm to avoid cold related illnesses.

“Anyone worried about keeping warm or concerned about a relative, neighbour or friend can call the winter warmth helpline for help “Emergency heaters can be provided if necessary and free boilers and home insulation can even be arranged in some circumstances.”

The winter warmth helpline is 01384 817086. Advice is initially offered over the phone and can then be followed up by a free home visit.

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