Keeping Warm In Wimbledon This Winter

Advice for the elderly at local library

Elderly people keen to keep warm this winter can receive practical advice at a special session in Wimbledon Library.

Merton Seniors Forum is staging the special event from 10.30am-2pm on Friday November 11, when they will offer guidance and tips to help people reduce their gas and electricity bills.

Relevant organisations and library volunteers will also have advice and information for older people during the session.

Similar drop-in events will also be held at Pollards Hill, Morden, Mitcham Libraries across the week from Monday November 7.

National advice is to compare prices between energy providers to find the best deal, often buying gas and electricity from the same supplier (dual fuel) be cheaper. Paying by direct debit and looking at energy usage can also avoid big bills over winter.

Myrtle Agutter of Merton Seniors Forum said: "Older people are going to be very hard hit this winter with a reduction in the Winter Fuel Allowance and the huge rises in energy prices.

"It is important that whilst we continue to campaign for an adequate Winter Fuel Allowance, easier and clearer access to suitable tariffs and  better regulated energy companies  we must also try to help older people stay warm and well this winter.These sessions are offering practical help that we hope will make a difference."

Cabinet member for communities and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said: "It's important that older people across the borough get the best information on how to reduce their energy bills, along with advice and guidance on energy use and keeping warm as we approach winter. I welcome the support of Merton Seniors Forum and other organisations for these sessions which are taking place in Merton libraries. Our libraries play a key role in providing information and helpful advice to residents of all ages on a range of different topics along with being hubs for the local community.”  

November 3, 2011