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 to keep warm this winter. The scheme will run from 2 November 2015 to 31 March 2016 (subject to demand).
Who can we help?
The scheme is only available to owner-occupiers living in West Lancashire, who have not had their boiler serviced in the last 12 months, who do not have a plan covering service and repair (for example British Gas boiler cover) and who meet the eligibility criteria below.
- You are aged over 85
- Your are in receipt of a 'Winter Warm Prescription' from you health care provider
- You are aged over 60 and in receipt of a qualifying benefit
- You are pregnant or have dependent children aged 14 or under and in receipt of a qualifying benefit
- You are a single person/couple aged under 60 without dependent children and in receipt of a qualifying benefit and have a health condition which makes you vulnerable to the cold eg:
people with cardiovascular conditions
people with respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)
people with mental health conditions
People with disabilities
The qualifying benefits are:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Based Employment Support Allowance
- Guarantee Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit (with an assessed household income of less than £16,010 per year)
- Child Tax Credit (with an assessed household income of less than £16,010 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?
- Free gas fire and boiler servicing
- Free boiler replacement*
If you have an oil heating system, we will find a local contractor who specialises in servicing this type of heating system. We will cover the reasonable cost of the service but may not be able to cover the cost of repair or replacement.
*a fixed price is set for replacing the boiler only. If additional work is required to the heating system, you may be referred to a different scheme.
How do I apply?
Agencies or practitioners who wish to refer clients should contact the Private Sector Housing Team.
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.