Support for fuel-poor families
run through September 2020 following a £50,000 boost from North Yorkshire County Council’s public health grant.
In the first year of the service, 259 referrals have been received from across the county. It is expected that this number will increase over the next few months as more agencies are aware of the service.
A household is considered to be fuel poor if it has higher than typical energy costs and would be left with a disposable income below the poverty line if it spent the required money to meet those costs.
A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said: “Living in cold homes can affect the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people of all ages in North Yorkshire. Cold homes can affect respiratory illness, mental health and can lead to extra winter deaths.
“After the cold winter last year it is important that people are aware of the practical help and support that is available through the Warm and Well programme.”
The service can be contacted on 01609 767555 or at wnw@ northyorkslca.org.uk.