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York's older residents to receive energy efficiency aid

City of York Council has been awarded a £17,977 grant to keep older consumers in the city warm this winter.

In a collaboration with Age UK York and Yorkshire Energy Partnership, the local authority successfully won a bid for the funding, which will be used to offer energy-efficient measures to the elderly as part of its Warmer Winter scheme, Minster FM reports.

The initiative - due to be rolled out on December 1st - is looking to identify where help is needed and distribute emergency heaters, loans and other essentials to the most vulnerable people.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council's cabinet member for health, housing and adult social service, said the funding will add to the body's existing projects that help older consumers stay well in the colder months.

"This programme also complements a series of drop-in sessions on housing options for older people that we're running this winter too," she added.

A recent report from Age UK found that a lack of thermal insulation can cause life-threatening illnesses such as heart-attacks or strokes and these casualties cost the NHS around £1.3 billion each year.

Posted by Simon Webster