Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
Items such as raised toilet seats, bath boards and seats, walking frames, and grab rails can make a real difference to your safety and independence.
Gas and electricity bills can be expensive, but lighting and heating your home is a necessity. You might be worried about your next bill and find that you're struggling to pay for the amount of gas and electricity you use.
Here's some tips on how you can reduce your energy bills while still keeping your home warm and comfortable.
Through the Green Deal you can make energy saving improvements to your home - like adding insulation or double glazing - without paying anything up front. Instead, you will pay it off in installments in your energy bills. This means the cost of the improvements stay with the property.
To do this you will first need to arrange an assessment. During the assessment, someone will look at your home and will tell you want changes you can make and how much you will save on your energy bills. You will then need to contact a Green Deal Provider about doing the work.
You may be entitled to claim back the cost of making improvements through the Cashback Scheme. You must apply for this before you start any work on your home.
People with disabilities or health problems may be able to claim a Disabled Facilities Grant towards the cost of work will make their home warmer and more energy-efficient.
The Healthy Homes Hotline helps people who are having difficulty keeping their homes warm or keeping up with their energy bills.Tel 0808 202 6204
The Healthier Homes Project supports residents of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham who live in homes where there are problems with cold, poor insulation or damp, dangerous electrical installations, broken steps or banisters, or other issues which could pose a risk to the health of residents.They can offer information and advice, and in some cases may be able to access grants to help you to improve the condition of your home.
If you live in Westminster you can contact Warm Homes, Healthy People who can offer practical support and advice on how to keep your home warm.
The Money Advice Service offers the following advice:
The government have produced a leaflet called Help towards lower bills and warmer homes with all the information which you need.
Ofgem regulates the electricity and gas markets in Great Britain.Their Be An Energy Shopper campaign helps you to:-
The Energy Best Deal campaign, run by Ofgem and the Citizen's Advice Bureau, aims to provide the public with information on saving money on their energy bills, avoiding fuel poverty, and keeping warm:
Energy Saving Trust has a wealth of information on how to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your fuel bills. Visit their website or call their advice line on 0300 1231234
Uswitch gives independent advice on switching energy providers and finding the best tariff for you.
Warm Zone offer independent advice on keeping your home warm and keeping your energy bills low.
You may also find it helpful to look at our page on Winter fuel payments.