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ELDERLY people in Whitby and those on low incomes can get advice today from the council about keeping their homes warm in cold weather.

The Whitby area has a high percentage of residents who cannot afford to keep their homes warm enough to prevent them suffering ill-health this winter.

North Yorkshire County Council has been given a government grant to set up a scheme, named Hotspots, to help them.

Council advisors will check if they have any entitlement to special benefits, offer home safety checks by the county Fire and Rescue Service, energy efficiency advice and assessment for home improvement and insulation schemes.

County councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Services said: “There are potentially thousands of residents who can benefit from this scheme and we want to publicise it as much as possible.

“We recognise the vital role it plays in keeping people safe and warm in their homes, reducing fuel poverty and in turn, ill health. We intend to ensure that as many people benefit from the scheme as possible. ”

There is an advice session today in Church House, Flowergate, Whitby from 12 noon to 2.00pm. Contact (01947) 605256 to book a place.