Warm Home Discount Scheme

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2019 to 2020 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March. You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out. The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment. Eligibility There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme: you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit - known as the ‘core group’ you’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme - known as

Winter Fuel Payment

If you were born on or before 5 November 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). If you’re eligible but do not get paid automatically, you will need to make a claim. The deadline for claiming payments for winter 2019 to 2020 is 31 March 2020 Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You should get your money by 13 January 2020. If you do not get your payment, call the office

Managing your energy costs

More than one in three people diagnosed with cancer say they feel the cold more. If you are going through cancer treatment, you may be at home often and spending more on energy costs. If you are worried about paying your energy bills, you should tell your supplier that you have cancer and find out what help they can offer. You should be placed on a register that gives you access to extra support. There are also government schemes that could help you save money on your energy costs. You could switch suppliers to make sure you’re getting the best deal. You can find cheaper alternatives using a price comparison website. Making changes around the house can also help you keep warm, for example ha

Cold Weather Payment

You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits, including Pension Credit Income Support income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance income-related Employment and Support Allowance Universal Credit. There are conditions to eligibility, please check the link below for more information. You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. You’ll get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. The Cold Weather Payment scheme runs from 1 November 2019 to 31 March 2020. Please click here to check if you can get a payment in your area. Cold Weather Payme

Helping people with cancer keep warm without the worry

Sandra, diagnosed with breast cancer, was supported by Macmillan and npower (pictured). Nearly 1 in 3 people diagnosed with cancer say they feel the cold more*. We’ve been working with npower for 14 years to help people living with cancer who are struggling to keep warm. npower supports our Energy Advice Team who offer guidance and help source support for people living with cancer, regardless of who supplies their energy. If the people you support are seeing their bills rise due to their cancer diagnosis or treatment, find out how Macmillan’s Energy Advice Team can help.** Please contact your local Tameside and Glossop Macmillan information and support service on 0161 922 5644 Or visit macmi

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month

Signs & symptoms of mouth cancer Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. This happens during your routine dental check-up. Mouth cancers can start anywhere in the mouth. This includes: lips front of the tongue gums inside lining of the cheeks and lips floor and roof of the mouth behind the wisdom teeth. The main causes of mouth cancer are drinking heavily and smoking or chewing tobacco. Long term exposure to sunlight and sunbeds (UV light) can increase the risk of lip cancer. The most common symptoms are an ulcer or sore in the mouth or on the lip that doesn’t heal. Other symptoms include bleeding in the mouth, weight loss or


Each Year Movember is responsible for thousands of moustaches on mend faces in the uk and around the world, with men growing moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health." By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men t

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Symptoms of lung cancer If you have any symptom that's been bothering you, it's best to visit your GP as early as possible to get it checked out. The symptoms of lung cancer may include: a continuing cough, or change in a long-standing cough becoming breathless and wheezy coughing up bloodstained phlegm (sputum) chest or shoulder pain weight loss a chest infection that doesn’t get better a hoarse voice a dull ache or sharp pain when you cough or take a deep breath difficulty swallowing feeling extremely tired (fatigue) and lethargic the ends of fingers becoming larger or looking more rounded (clubbing) swelling of lymph nodes (glands) in the neck area. If you have any of the above symptoms f

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer Pancreatic cancer may not cause symptoms for a long time. Some people may have only one symptom. The main symptoms are: pain or discomfort jaundice weight loss feeling sick. Pancreatic cancer can also cause other symptoms. These are listed below. Pain or discomfort This often begins in the upper part of the tummy (abdomen). Sometimes it spreads to the back. The pain may come and go, or it may be there all the time. It may feel worse after eating or when you are lying down. It might feel better when you are sitting up or bending forward. Remember, cancer is not the cause of most pain in the abdomen. But you should see your doctor if you are worried. Jaundice If t

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