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Help is at hand to tackle those winter fuel bills
Tuesday 31st January, 2017

Winter can bring more than just frosty weather for some who find themselves snowed under by crippling heating costs.

But for anyone who feels the burden that those fuel bills can bring there is help at hand – and they can find out how at a session taking place in Atherton in February.

The drop-in session will have a range of services on hand with advice that could help to lower bills, relieve fuel debt and simple cost effective steps to keeping homes warm.

Help is also available from the council’s AWARM programme which offers free healthy home checks, draft-proofing, advice on accident prevention and can help people to get funding for things like new boilers. The programme was set up to help anyone whose health could be at risk in damp, cold or dangerous homes.

People coming along are encouraged to bring along a recent energy bill. For those unable to come along they can contact AWARM for advice on 01942 239360.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, portfolio holder for adult social care and health, said: “Fuel poverty can have a devastating effect on someone’s health, whether they already have long term conditions or ones that are directly as a result of living in a cold or damp house. The National Energy Action (NEA) has highlighted Wigan Borough as one of the best when it comes to tackling fuel poverty but we know there are still people who could benefit from our help.

“That is why we are running sessions like these which will have helpful advice on how to switch energy suppliers and the best tariffs available, in particular for those people who may not have access to the internet.”

The session will take place at Atherton Start Well Family Centre on Monday 13th February from 9:30am to 2:30pm.


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