Older People in North Yorkshire Offered "Keep Warm" Packs and Energy Audit
5:00am 15th March 2013
(Updated 6:50am 15th March 2013)
City of York Council, in partnership with Age UK York and Yorkshire Energy Partnership, is offering vulnerable or low income households across the city a free Home Energy Audit until the end of this month (31 March).
A successful bid to the Warm Homes Healthy People fund is helping tackle fuel poverty through the council’s Warmer Winter projects which they say aims to keep homes warm and dry and to enable older residents, in particular, to remain mobile in their home.
The City of York Council says this support includes assessing how the most vulnerable residents can be supported to keep warm and healthy while giving them tailored advice about practical measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation.
The scheme, they add can signpost residents to grants for new boilers and loans for repairs. Through Age UK York, emergency heaters can be loaned out and ‘warm packs’ given to eligible residents if their heating systems fail. These packs include vacuum flasks, torches, fleece blankets, hats and gloves as well as shoe grippers for icy conditions.
To be able to apply, the household – which can own their home or live in private rented accommodation – must have someone who gets the state pension, who is disabled or who has children aged under the age of five, living in cold damp homes, says City of York Council.
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