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Winter Weather Advice

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It is particularly important to look after your health during the cold winter months. Keep Warm Keep Well is a national campaign that aims to reduce cold-related illnesses and deaths.
A free Keep Warm Keep Well Winter booklet is available that gives practical tips on keeping warm and staying healthy during the colder months.
It is an essential guide for people who may be at risk this winter. The booklet offers contact details of other organisations that provide related information and advice on health, lifestyle and home heating.
Each section has information on how to prepare for winter, tips for what to do in cold weather and contact details for where you can get more help and advice.
Order a booklet

You can download or order a paper copy of the booklet by contacting the Department of Health publications order line using the details below.

Order Keep Warm Keep Well booklet

You can order a copy of the booklet from the Department of Health publications order line. Textphone contact: 0300 123 1003
DH Publications,
PO Box 777,
London SE1 6XH
0300 123 1002

The book is published in a range of languages and in an easy read format. An audio version for the hard of hearing is also available.

Worried about heating?

You may be able to get help with energy efficiency improvements in your home. You can apply for a Warm Front Grant by using the Warm Front contact information

The scheme is now targeted at people on certain income-related benefits and living in properties that are poorly insulated and/or do not have a working central heating system. You must own your home or rent it from a private landlord.

Contact Warm Front
Textphone: 0800 500 888
0800 316 2814

Winter Fuel Payments

Winter Fuel Payments are different from Cold Weather Payments. Winter Fuel Payments are yearly one-off payments to help eligible people pay for their heating in the winter.
Winter Fuel Payments are paid to men and women who have reached the minimum age at which a woman can receive a state pension. They are not linked to temperature.
You may get a Winter Fuel Payment for winter 2011/12 if both the following apply:
you have reached the qualifying age (born on or before 5 January 1951)
you normally live in Great Britain or Northern Ireland on any day in the week of 19–25 September 2011
Find out how to get a Winter Fuel Payment by following the link.

Contact Winter Fuel Payments
Winter Fuel Payments Helpdesk opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
0845 915 1515
Full details on Direct.gov

Cold weather payments

If you are on a low income, a Cold Weather Payment may be available to help you for each week of very cold weather in your area. If you are eligible, you don’t need to apply. The money will be paid to you automatically.

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