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Dudley Council relaunches winter home heating scheme

Residents of Dudley are being offered advice and support on home insulation as part of a household heating programme launched by the local council.

The winter warmth support scheme has been brought back by Dudley Council this week, after more than 800 local residents were able to improve their home heating situation with the help of last year's initiative.

Managed by the council in partnership with other local organisations, the scheme aims to help people struggling to keep their homes warm during winter by offering practical support, information and expert advice.

Assistance with home energy efficiency improvements and grants is among the support measures available, including access to free boiler and home insulation schemes, while residents can also get help finding the best energy provider and tariff, obtaining fuel discounts and grants, or managing energy debts.

Free emergency crisis heating measures, such as portable heaters and blankets, are also available to those suffering from extreme fuel poverty. The aim of this project is to reduce the number of people who are dying unnecessarily each year as a consequence of spending time in an excessively cold home.

Vulnerable members of the population - such as older people, those with long-term health conditions such as asthma and families with young children - were particularly advised to take advantage of the scheme while it is available.

Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing, said: "It is essential that people start preparing for winter before the very cold months set in. If people are concerned about heating their homes, they should contact the scheme's helpline to ask for support and advice.

"We want to make sure that all our residents keep warm and well this winter, and the help is there on offer from this service."