Every year mortality rises by 19% in the winter months in England ; amounting to an average of 27,000 excess winter deaths. Low temperatures are associated with an increase of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease, hypothermia and falls and injuries; where the elderly and people with existing conditions are most at risk.
Bromley Council has been successful in securing funding with the aim of protecting people’s health through the cold winter months. Help is available in the form of:
- Information and advice on how to keep warm and healthy
- Assistance with benefit entitlement and claims
- Grants and loans for housing efficiency improvements
- Practical help for people leaving hospital
- Assistance with shopping
- Limited funding for warmth packs
Age UK is acting as the central referral team to help residents of Bromley stay warm and healthy this winter. If you know someone who is vulnerable and in need of assistance help and advice is available through Age UK Bromley and Greenwich’s cold weather advice line on 0208 315 1878.