THE BIG FREEZE: Counsel and Care issues warmth advice

PUBLISHED: 13:05 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010

With the New Year starting with a cold snap and extremely tough times ahead for the economy, advice and information about staying warm and safe over the rest of the winter months has been launched today by Counsel and Care.

With the New Year starting with a cold snap and extremely tough times ahead for the economy, advice and information about staying warm and safe over the rest of the winter months has been launched today by Counsel and Care. Frail older people on fixed incomes are among those most at risk at this time of year from low temperatures or unexpected changes in the weather. It is vital that older people prepare properly for the winter months. Every year, there are excess deaths among older people which can be linked directly to cold weather. Much can be done to prevent this happening.Counsel and Care's guide 26: 'Health difficulties caused by hot and cold weather' covers the following topics: * practical steps that can be taken now to get through the winter months* government grants such as Winter Fuel Payments, Warm Front Grants, Cold Weather Payments and how to apply for them * heating a home efficiently.Stephen Burke, Chief Executive of Counsel and Care, said: "For older people living on fixed incomes, the prospects for the remainder of the winter are looking bleak. Counsel and Care's advice service is getting more enquiries from older people and their families struggling to pay costly heating bills or carry out essential repairs if their heating system breaks down. "We want to make sure that all older people who are eligible claim their Winter Fuel Payment. While not fully covering the huge price hikes experienced last year, the one-off increase means that this payment can help take some of the worry out of heating a home."More relevant than ever before, Counsel and Care's guide raises public awareness to ensure people take action now to remain safe and well during the cold winter months.


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