Sup­port for fuel-poor fam­i­lies

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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@ nor­thy­ork­

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