The heat is on!

Victims of the cold weather will be offered respite outside Morden Tube Station on Wednesday 22 March, at the launch of Merton’s affordable warmth strategy.

The shocking statistic of 40,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom due to the cold has set a clear objective for Merton Council in unison with Sutton and Merton PCT and the voluntary sector to ensure people are well informed of the monetary grants and alternative measures that are in place to help them combat the cold bite.

Increasing fuel costs have meant that many Merton residents cannot afford to heat their homes properly, which invariably means their residence becomes damp and makes them more prone to breathing and heart problems.

Staff will be on hand at Wednesday’s launch to explain the significance of central heating, loft and cavity wall insulation and offer guidance on the various local and national schemes that are available to people, who are in dire need of heating.

It starts at 12.00p.m outside Morden Tube Station on London Road and will finish at approximately 2.00p.m. Hot chocolate and energy efficient life bulbs will be given out to those who attend.

If you think you know of someone who is living in damp and cold conditions, please ask them to contact the Local Energy Advice Line on Freephone 0800 512012