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Residents in Oxford concerned about keeping warm in their homes this winter are being encouraged to contact the free helpline for advice.
The helpline, which is operated by the Better Housing Better Health (BHBH) scheme, provides any Oxford resident with a single point of contact for services, advice and grants in order to stay warm and well in their homes.
The free ‘Better Housing Better Health’ helpline, 0800 107 0044, which residents can ring for guidance on how to stay warm, is open Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.
The scheme has been launched by the National Energy Foundation (NEF), working on behalf of Oxford City Council and the five other local authorities across Oxfordshire
Those at greater risk of the impacts of cold homes include those who are:
- Aged over 60
- Children under 5 and pregnant mothers
- Living with respiratory disease (COPD, asthma)
- On a low income
- Suffer from cardiovascular disease (Ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease)
- Suffer from moderate to severe mental illness
- Terminally ill
- Have limited mobility
- Have severe learning difficulties
- In long-term debt
There are no eligibility requirements for residents wanting to access the service. Any resident who is looking for free advice on how to keep warm is encouraged to call the helpline.
Residents who call the helpline will have their needs assessed over the phone and, where eligible, can be referred to:
- Expert Energy Advice
- LEAP Home Energy Visit and associated services such as small repairs
- Energy bill discounts
- Grants and funding
- Income maximisation
- Other Council services and more
There is a new emergency number to call if you have a power cut.
It’s free of charge and will put you through to your local network operator who can give you help and advice
Please see details below:
– From 30 July to 14 August: between Oxford and Didcot Parkway to enable Network Rail (flood prevention work in the Hinksey area)
– From 30 July to 7 August: between Oxford and Banbury (re-signalling work)
– From 3 to 7 August: between Oxford and Hanborough (bridge repair work)
The EU Referendum is coming on 23 June
You cannot vote unless you are registered.
Nobody can do this for you. You must do it yourself.
To register go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call 01865 249811.
Oxford residents affected by living in cold or damp homes are able to receive grants of up to £2,500 to help keep their homes warmer.
The Better Housing, Better Health scheme aims to reduce the pressure on health services, improve health and wellbeing for those living with cardiovascular disease or respiratory illness, and reduce fuel poverty.
The scheme, which runs until December 2016, provides:
- Grants of up to £2,500 for energy efficiency measures for owner occupied homes where someone has a respiratory illness or cardiovascular disease. Measures can include installing insulation and draught-proofing, and replacing outside doors or windows
- Free surveys to identify potential risks to health in owner occupied and privately rented homes where someone has a respiratory illness or cardiovascular disease.
- Support with benefits checks, fuel debt mediation and switching energy tariff or supplier for anyone in need of support.
Oxford residents can quickly check if they are eligible by calling the Affordable Warmth Helpline on 0800 107 00 44.
The helpline, which also provides free and impartial advice about how to keep homes warm, is open Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.
An email helpdesk is also available: email@example.com.
For more information about Better Housing, Better Health, please visit www.nef.org.uk/bhbh.
There will be a public meeting on Tuesday 13 October from 7:00-9:00 at the Town Hall called the Flood Forum.
The Forum is open to all residents across Oxford and gives people an opportunity to talk about flooding issues in their area to representatives of partner agencies including:
- Environment Agency
- Thames Water
- Network Rail
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Oxford City Council
We are encouraging groups like the Stoke Place Residents’ Group, the Friends of Old Headington, and the Friends of Lye Valley to attend the meeting. If you have neighbours or friends affected by flooding issues in Oxford, please do encourage them to go along as this is their opportunity to raise their issues directly with the people who can make improvements.
Residents asked us about the situation re students and council tax at our Ward Focus Meeting on Tuesday. Here is some information from Oxford City Council.
Do students have to pay Council Tax?
- Properties occupied by full time students only are exempt from payment of Council Tax. You will need to ensure that the Council receive letters from all residents confirming your student status before this exemption can be applied to your Council tax account.
- If you are a student and you share your address with someone who is not a full time student then we can reduce the Council tax bill by 25%.
- If you are a student and you share your address with two or more joint tenants who are not full time students then there is no reduction and the people who are not students will be named on the Council Tax bill.
If you have any further questions on council tax, you may find this link helpful. Please note that there are distinctions depending upon whether a student is full or part time and how old they are, so it’s best to follow the link where there is information on this and other more general issues regarding council tax eligibility