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Helping you to stay warm in Hampshire

Monday, 14 October 2013

Hampshire County Council, with its partners, is once again helping families and individuals to stay warm this winter by building on last year's successful 'Hitting the Cold Spots' campaign.

Cold weather not only makes life uncomfortable but can also lead to serious health problems such as strokes, pneumonia, depression and heart attacks. Hampshire County Council has been developing new and innovative ways to help people keep warm and reduce bills.

The easy way to find out more information is to call the dedicated free Advice Line on 0800 804 8601 where one of the Hampshire-based, friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help.

Hitting the Cold Spots is offering advice on

  • heating and hot water system repairs
  • support with emergency heating measures such as electric and oil filled radiators
  • small grant support to help with winter fuel emergencies
  • carbon monoxide detectors (provided free with a home safety visit)
  • tariff change advice, to help save money on fuel bills
  • practical support and assistance with debt, money and benefits
  • assessment for connection to mains gas supply

Experienced advisors can visit you at home to offer practical advice on how to keep your home warm and to assist with reducing your energy bills.

One hitting the cold spots customer commented on the service: "Thank you very much for the big project you've done for our family this winter. From getting the hot water back to having a new and more efficient boiler installed at our property; [it] means a lot to us. We couldn't be warm enough without your help. Now we're five happy people."

Executive Member for Hampshire County Council's Adult Social Care, Councillor Anna McNair Scott said: "Making sure that older people and families stay warm during the cold winter months is a top priority and we know it can be a struggle and a worry when the weather turns harsh. This is why we have been working with a wide range of partners from both the voluntary and private sectors to offer trustworthy advice, information and practical support. Our dedicated free advice line is an easy way to find out more and to arrange a free Home Safety visit."

Although it is still too early to predict how cold the coming winter will be, Hampshire residents can now begin to prepare by phoning the dedicated free Advice Line on 0800 804 8601.

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