Merton helps residents keep warm during winter

Older residents in Merton can benefit from free information and advice about how to keep warm, well and safe over the long winter months at a series of roadshows taking place across Merton.

The Keep Warm, Keep Well roadshow – organised in partnership between Merton Council, Merton Seniors Forum, Age Concern Merton and the London Fire Brigade – will visit Pollards Hill, Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 November.

Older people will have an opportunity to have their electric blankets tested for free at the roadshows and to learn how they can cut down on energy bills, maximise their income and receive practical assistance about available energy efficiency grants.

Residents concerned about fuel poverty are encouraged to bring along their energy bills for some valuable advice about how to save money on energy costs this winter.

Myrtle Agutter from Merton Seniors Forum says, “Fuel poverty is a real issue for older people in this country. Britain has the highest number of avoidable deaths due to winter cold in Western Europe and many older people often stay in bed just to keep warm and live in fear of being in debt or having their gas or electricity cut off.

“These roadshows offer practical solutions and advice about where to go for the best energy deals and what financial assistance might be available. It’s something that older residents in Merton really can’t afford to miss.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson says, ‘We know fuel poverty affects many older residents in Merton. We’re keen to put their needs first by ensuring older people have all the advice and guidance they need to help them save money and keep warm and well over the winter months.

“It was distressing to find that last year one third of all electric blankets tested were found to be unsafe. I’d therefore urge Merton’s older residents to use this opportunity to have their blankets tested for their own peace of mind this winter.”

The roadshows are on:

Tuesday 10 November

10am-12pm – New Horizon Centre, South Lodge Avenue, Pollards Hill, CR4 1LT
2-4pm – Morden Baptist Church, Crown Lane, Morden, SM4 5BL

Thursday 12 November

10am- 12pm – Mitcham Fire Station, 30 Lower Green West, Mitcham, CR4 3AF
2-4pm – Wimbledon Fire Station, 87 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1JN
No appointment is needed but Merton residents should call 020 8545 4018 if they would like more information.