Residents urged to stay warm

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PEOPLE are being offered equipment which will help them stay warm this winter.

The offer by Portsmouth City Council is part of its ‘Keep Warm and Carry On’ campaign to help residents beat the cold.

The initiative comes after figures revealed between 150 and 300 people, mainly over the age of 65, die each winter from cold-related illnesses.

As part of its campaign the council is offering grants and loans to people who need help with central heating or new double-glazed windows in their homes.

It is also considering offering temporary accommodation for people while heating is being installed for them.

The council is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation as well as other equipment to help make houses warm.

And people are being encouraged to stay dosed up on vitamins by eating a range of fruit and vegetables.

Councillor Steve Wylie, cabinet member for housing, said: ‘Our winter warmth campaign is about letting people know whatever their age and whether they are working or not, we can help them heat their homes more efficiently.

‘Whether it’s through a loan, a grant or simple advice, we’re here to help you stay warm this winter.’

For more information and advice on the financial help available call (023) 9268 8369 or email housing.privatesector@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

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