Bid to keep vulnerable in Norfolk warm and safe this winter

Vaughan Thomas. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Vaughan Thomas. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Fears have been raised that people in Norwich will not be able to afford to keep warm this winter, with organisations joining forces to try to prevent deaths.

Across Norfolk, more than 10pc of households are thought to be living in what are classed as fuel poor households, which means they cannot afford to keep adequately warm at a reasonable cost.

At an event yesterday, professionals from across the county came together to discuss winter health and what can be done to help.

Norwich City Council organised the Winter Wellbeing event, which saw staff from public health, clinical commissioning groups, district councils, housing associations and the voluntary sector meet to thrash out ways to assist.

More than 80 people attended and a national public health campaign called Stay Well This Winter will now be launched to get the message across that help is available.

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Vaughan Thomas, Norwich City Council cabinet member responsible for affordable warmth and energy efficiency, said: 'Cold weather can have a significant impact on people's health but by working in partnership with organisations across the county, we can help to protect the health of our residents against the worst effects.

'I am delighted so many partners came together for the Winter Wellbeing event and pledged their commitment to reduce fuel poverty and avoidable winter deaths in Norfolk.'

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