Help to stay warm this winter

A PROGRAMME of measures to ensure that people across Whitby and district stay warm and healthy this winter is being masterminded by North Yorkshire County Council.

North Yorkshire – Warmer Together - will use just under £148,000 of Government funding to tackle the problems created by fuel poverty.

The initiatives range from the provision of ‘keep warm’ packs for people at immediate risk, to information and advice on combating cold weather, and supporting North Yorkshire villages to co-ordinate help for vulnerable residents.

Last winter, the Department for Health awarded North Yorkshire County Counci (NYCC)l £48,000 to pay for Hotspots, a partnership scheme designed to reduce the number of deaths caused by cold weather and cold housing.

This winter, the Government has agreed to increase the funding to £150,000, following the submission of detailed proposals by the county council.

The new programme will be administered by NYCC’s Health and Adult Services in partnership with voluntary groups, district councils and other public sector organisations.