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Are you worried about the cold this Winter?
Winter can be a worrying time for many people. You may be worried about how a friend or relative is coping, or you may be worried about rising debts. Whatever your circumstances, you are not alone. As many as 20% of people living in the local area are unable to heat their homes at a temperature that is sufficient to maintain their health and well-being due to rising fuel costs and expensive energy tariffs. But most of us are not aware that we could reduce our household fuel bills by up to 20% by changing our energy suppliers. It’s not surprising though that we are reluctant to change. We are unsure about what others offer; are nervous about suppliers and we don’t want to get ripped off in the process or suffer any inconvenience.
But help is at hand. Your Citizens Advice Bureau has been working hard to deliver the Warmer Homes Healthier People initiative, developed through close relationships with a number of organisations across Buckinghamshire and other consumer groups to offer free, independent and confidential advice for anyone worried about the cold this Winter. You may be unsure or confused about the choices available to you, for example you may be entitled to specific benefits or grants to help with keeping warm this winter such as the Warm Home Discount Scheme or the Winter Fuel Payment – available to almost everyone over the age of 60. You may also be able to get immediate help from a range of organisations if you are ill or need additional support at home.
So, if you are worried about the rising cost of heating your home don't let your worries spiral out of control. Get all the support available to help keep you and your family warm this winter by calling Chiltern CAB on 0845 0920137 for free, independent and confidential advice or drop in to your local office. Alternatively, you can now contact trained advisers at Chiltern Citizens Advice Bureau via email. Chiltern CAB has launched a brand new website www.chilterncab.org.uk with a special email service for when you need help and advice at the touch of a button.
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau relies upon its volunteers to provide an important and valued service and is actively recruiting now. If you have experience in fundraising, social media, marketing or public relations, please contact the number above or visit our website to find out about these and other volunteer opportunities.
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