West Lancs Winter Warm scheme
One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions. Using money from Lancashire County Council's Public Health Affordable Warmth Fund, we are working to help you keep warm this winter. The scheme will run from 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017 (subject to demand).
Who can we help?
The scheme is only available to owner occupiers living in West Lancashire who do not have a plan covering the repair of their gas heating appliances (for example British Gas boiler cover) and who meet the eligibility criteria below.
- You are aged over 65 and in receipt of a qualifying benefit
- You are pregnant or have dependent children aged 5 or under and in receipt of a qualifying benefit
- You are a single person/couple aged under 65 without dependent children and in receipt of a qualifying benefit
In addition, all applicants must suffer with a health condition that makes them vulnerable to the cold.
The health conditions are:
- Arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid requiring regular treatment and review)
- Terminal illness
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Mental health conditions (must be receiving treatment)
- Respiratory conditions
- Type 1 diabetes
- Reduced mobility
The qualifying benefits are:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit (with an assessed household income of less than £15,860 per year)
- Child Tax Credit (with an assessed household income of less than £15,860 per year)
- War Disablement Pension (must include mobility supplement or constant attendance allowance)
- Industrial Injuries Benefit (must include constant attendance allowance)
What help is available?
Funding is available to carry out gas boiler and gas fire repairs and repairs to radiators. If your boiler cannot be repaired, we may be able to replace it.
How to stay warm: general advice
The government's advice on getting ready for winter aims to reduce cold-related illness and deaths. Key tips include:
- Keep your home warm. Your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). You can also use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed.
- Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.
- Wrap up warm, inside and out. Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.
Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're safe and well. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. If you're worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 169 2081.