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MP encourages households to get ‘Winter Ready’

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winter readySTEPHEN CRABB, Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire, has today called on his constituents to ensure they are taking advantage of the free help and support that could save them money on their energy bills.

The recent hike in energy prices has prompted action by the Government to help people heat their homes this winter.

The local MP has welcomed the steps announced in the Autumn Statement which will help save £50 off the average householder’s electricity and gas bills.

These savings will be funded through the next wave of Government action to tackle tax avoiders. The Government will be providing a £1000 stamp duty rebate for all new householders who make energy efficiency improvements in addition to the new competition test which has been used to crack down on energy companies and deliver a £5 rebate for all customers.

Stephen is encouraging constituents to focus on three main areas to take to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their bills down and their homes warm:

1. Home insulation: with an average of £1 in every £4 spent on heating wasted due to poor insulation, one of the best ways to keep energy bills down this winter is to insulate homes. Loft insulation could save the average household around £180 per year, with cavity wall insulation saving up to £140 per year. All of the big energy companies provide some form of free energy efficiency, depending on an individual’s circumstances. This is provided through the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation Scheme (ECO). The Green Deal is also available to let householders and businesses pay for some or all of the cost of energy-saving improvements to their properties, over time, through savings on their energy bills.

2. Get the best deal: it’s important for householders to check that they are on the best gas and electricity tariff to suit their needs. There are lots of deals and fixed prices to help keep control of the costs. Householders should contact their supplier and make sure they are getting the best deal. There are also a number of websites offering price comparisons. The Government has already made switching easier by making the market move to 24 hour switching.

3. Financial support: Constituents may be entitled to extra support from the UK Government and their energy supplier if they meet certain criteria. The Winter Fuel Payment worth up to £300, Cold Weather Payments which pay £25 every week of a cold spell, and the Warm Home Discount which takes £135 off the bills of two million households, are available to help the most vulnerable with their energy.

Stephen Crabb MP said,

“I know from talking to many people just what pressure some households are under in trying to keep their homes warm in the winter. It is an expensive time of year. We also have many rural households reliant on off-grid energy, like heating oil and LPG, aside from their electricity bills.”

“I want all my constituents to be Winter Ready and it can be difficult to understand what extra help is available. This simple advice is designed to help people see how they can cut energy use and help keep bills under control this winter.”

“Householders can check what grants and financial support are available by using the Department of Energy and Climate Change online calculator www.gov.uk/energy-grant-calculator.”

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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