DraughtBusters information and help is available online and from Reading Repair Café events
Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns.
Winter Watch can help you by:
- Carrying out a home energy check
- Giving advice on your bills and energy provider
- Telling you about grants to help you insulate your home
- Carrying out minor repairs to stop draughts
- Lending you a heater or dehumidifier.
You can apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 0118 937 3747.
DraughtBusters supports the scheme by offering practical help with draught proofing. See our flyer below.
It is a Government scheme to help people getting the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit with their winter energy bills. (Other vulnerable people on a low income may also be eligible, but will have to apply to their electricity supplier. See the fact sheet below for more detail.)
If you are eligible you get a one-off discount of £140 on your electricity bill between October and April. The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.
Even better, if you are one of the people getting the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit you don’t actually have to apply for it. If you get your electricity from one of the suppliers that are part of the scheme they will contact you to let you know that they think you are eligible and whether you need to do anything more to get the money.
Read more about the scheme on the GOV.UK web site, or download the fact sheet below.