Extra cash to tackle cold homes

Cold-hMore money has been made available to help residents in Stafford Borough keep their homes warm this winter.

Stafford Borough Council is urging people across the borough to ask for help if they are worried about the cost of heating their home.

The call comes after the council secured a share of a £40,000 pot aimed at tackling the problem of people living in cold homes. The money can pay for essential heating repairs for vulnerable households or cover more home visits by experts who can help residents reduce their energy bills.

The scheme will be delivered by Warmer Homes Stafford a partnership between the Council and local energy experts Beat the Cold and Marches Energy Agency. People can get in touch on their hot line 0800 677 1785 or by calling 01782 683813.

Beat the Cold advisers 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 also make sure the householder knows the best way to use their heating system and if there are any problems will contact the fuel company there and then.

Martin Chadwick, Chief Officer, who has worked with Beat the Cold for some 20 years, said:

“If you are suffering with a cold home, or worried about someone, please give us a call.”

Councillor Patrick Farrington, Cabinet Member for Communities at the Borough Council, said:

“I would urge anyone who has concerns about paying their energy bills or keeping warm this winter to contact Warmer Homes Stafford today to take advantage of the help the Council is able to offer.”

Liz Johnson, a manager at Changes Health and Wellbeing booked a home visit to find out what service users at the agency could expect. She said:

“I was amazed that within 45 minutes it saved me £240 a year on my gas and electric bills. The service was friendly, down to earth and extremely efficient. I cannot recommend this service enough.”