Warm & Well pledges to help vulnerable people get through this winter in Ryedale and across North Yorkshire.
Warm & Well North Yorkshire is supporting charity National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign by pledging to help to tackle cold or damp homes and people who are affected by winter health related issues.
The Warm Homes Campaign launched with a report highlighting that over a million families won’t be able to meet basic costs of living this winter, facing an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year (£778 per month) to cover basic essentials, including energy. Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, on low incomes and living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.
Laura Thomas, Warm and Well Project Coordinator in North Yorkshire said, “Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities. Stagnant earnings, rising inflation, limited welfare and high energy prices are the perfect storm. In Ryedale over 3,000 households are believed to be in fuel poverty, that is 13.3% of all households in the region. You can refer yourself, a family member, neighbour or friend for a wide range of free services and support. Local partner organisations such as Age Uk and Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire are also making referrals but
any member of the public or a local organisation can make a referral here or by calling our friendly team on 01609 767 555”.
“There is other excellent work going on locally to tackle this problem that many people may not be aware of”, continued Laura. “Our partnership organisations such as Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire are offering the OFGEM backed ‘Energy Best Deal Plus’. This is where advisers help people with fuel poverty make sure they are getting the best energy deals to suit their circumstances and help those with Energy debts negotiate with their Energy providers and much more”.
To book an appointment or for further information please contact the Malton office on 01653 695542.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations, NEA said: “We are increasingly concerned by the impacts that poor earnings growth, cuts to working-age benefits, the roll-out of Universal Credit and above-inflation rises in the cost of essential goods and services, including energy, are having on the poorest in our society. I am pleased that Warm & Well North Yorkshire is supporting the campaign and helping to ensure that residents of Ryedale and the rest of North Yorkshire can live warm, healthy and happy lives.”