Heat & Health in the Royal Borough

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead Primary Care Trust together with local agencies and organisations, have formed a partnership called Heat & Health in the Royal Borough.

This partnership is working towards meeting the targets contained in the Government's UK Fuel Poverty Strategy 2001, to end fuel poverty in vulnerable households by 2010, and tackling fuel poverty in other households once progress has been made in this area.

Fuel poverty is defined as a household which needs to spend more than 10% of its income on all fuel use, including heating the home to an adequate standard of warmth. This percentage is around twice that of the average household.

According to 1991 census figures, it is estimated that about 8,500 households in the Borough are in fuel poverty. This gives an indication of the scale of the problem in the area. There were approximately 100 extra deaths caused by cold damp homes in the Borough during the winter of 2003/4.

There is a well established link between a cold, poorly heated and insulated home and a resident's health. The Royal Borough established the partnership to enable as many residents as possible to access help to make their homes warm and healthy. Health professionals and other relevant staff can refer their clients, or householders can refer themselves to the scheme if they live in cold, damp homes.

Free training sessions are offered to enable health professionals and others to spot the signs of homes which are contributing to ill health. A simple referral mechanism allows clients to be referred to the Borough's Energy and Health Officer, who then visits the home to carry out an energy survey and assess which grant or discount scheme to use to make that person warmer and healthier at home.

If you are a health professional working in the Royal Borough and would like to arrange a training session for you and your colleagues, please call the number below.

If you or someone you know is living in a cold, damp home and have a low income, you can refer them to the Energy and Health Officer for advice on:

Telephone: 01628 683820
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Published: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:21:59
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