Council support residents to stay warm this winter

​Date: 10/12/2014
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We are advising residents how to stay warm this winter with information sessions taking place in the city centre.

As a part of the Glow Warm scheme we will be giving tips and advice to people on how to make their home warmer at a cheaper cost. The events will be held at the Ridings Shopping Centre and will take place on Friday December 12 from 1pm to 4pm, Monday December 15 from 10am to 12.30pm and Tuesday December 23 from 1pm to 4pm.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: "With winter approaching it is important residents keep warm and look after themselves.

"These sessions will give essential information and advice on the best ways to stay warm at cheaper costs over the coming months. I urge everybody to come along and find out more."

The event will give people the chance to collect a free goodie bag with a newsletter and calendar. It will also offer help and support to identify other services people may be entitled to. This will include working with other organisations to provide the installation of free smoke alarms, basic DIY assistance and portable heaters. There will also be opportunity for residents to complete an energy survey and receive a free kettle.

The Council information sessions come at a time when the National Energy Action charity are directly urging government ministers to ensure they introduce extra immediate services to avoid "further unnecessary fatalities and debilitating cold related illness." In a press release issued by the charity they warn the government that local health services will not be able to cope this winter with cold-related hospital admissions and repeat GP visits.

The Glow Warm energy scheme was launched by the Council early in the year and aims to help people in the district stay warm by offering free cavity wall and loft insulation for home owners or people who live in rental properties.

For further information contact: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/glowwarmwakefield