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A free afternoon of fun family activities and energy advice!

  • Posted On: 17 April 2022
  If you're a resident in Barrowcliff, Northstead, Newby or Woodlands area, then pop by and see us at the Gallows Close Centre on Thursday April 21st at our free family open day! With a host of activities to keep the kids entertained and free one to one advice on energy matters, there is something for everyone at this free event!   Thursday April 21st 11am-3pm Gallows Close Centre, Endcliff Crescent, YO12 6HZ  

Warm and Well North Yorkshire warns of hammer blow of Energy Price Cap pulling even more families into fuel poverty across North Yorkshire

With yesterday's announcement that households across the region will face a record energy bill increase of 54% from April. Warm and Well in North Yorkshire is warning many more families will be pulled into fuel poverty and the worst is yet to come. This means households which pay by direct debit will face an average of bill of £1,971 a year for their gas and electricity

  • Posted On: 4 February 2022

The Warm and Well in North Yorkshire project which is run by Citizens Advice Mid North Yorkshire and supports people in fuel poverty, had already reported a huge rise in people needing help since October 2021.

The number of calls received between October and December 2021 was 975 - compare this to 1,103 calls for the 12-month period prior to October, that’s almost as many in three months as for the whole of the previous year.

Alarmingly, 64% of referrals were from clients who are disabled or have a long-term health condition. 33 % of referrals were made from single households and 24% were single parent families.

With today’s announcement that households across the region will face a record energy bill increase of 54% from April. Warm and Well in North Yorkshire is warning many more families will be pulled into fuel poverty and the worst is yet to come. This means households which pay by direct debit will face an average of bill of £1,971 a year for their gas and electricity.

Worryingly, homes using a pre-pay meter, which are typically more vulnerable people on lower incomes, will on average face a steeper hike of £708 and an annual bill of £2,017 a year.

Warm and Well Project Coordinator Julia Priestnall commented:

“We have already been supporting record numbers of people needing support with rising energy bills since October and have been dreading the announcement of a further rise in prices.

Our front-line advisers are frequently coming across people who are in heat or eat scenarios, are having to ration their fuel, or have had their emergency prepayment meter run out when they’re at least a week away from their next benefit payment.

We are particularly concerned about the more vulnerable people, who are often on pre-payment meters and now facing an annual bill on average of over £2000 a year.

Whilst we welcome the Government’s emergency measures such as the Household Support Fund and the one-off repayable £200 discount on energy bills, we feel much more needs to be done and these amount to ‘short term fixes’ when we need longer term solutions and support for families.

People are already having to navigate the rising cost of living crisis and we have the national insurance hike to add to this in April. Citizens Advice research has recently found than one in seven (16%) would not be able to cover the anticipated average price cap rise of £60 per month. This rises to over a quarter (27%) of disabled people and more than a third (36%) of people on Universal Credit.

We encourage anyone that is worried about fuel poverty in North Yorkshire to get in touch with us as soon as possible. No family should worry about the difficult choice of either heating their home or feeding themselves during these difficult times”.

If you are worried about fuel poverty contact Warm and Well In North Yorkshire on 01609 767 555 or visit https://www.warmandwell.org.uk/


Cost-of-living crisis hits home in North Yorkshire

  • Posted On: 27 January 2022

 

 


International Day of the Older Person

  • Posted On: 1 October 2021
Join us to celebrate International Day of the Older Person     Friday 1st October 11.30-3pm Northallerton Town Hall (upper hall)   Tea and cake provided     Come along for a chat, meet other people or find out about services available. Different agencies will also be there to provide information and advice.    

What to do if your energy supplier goes bust?

  • Posted On: 29 September 2021
  You will still continue to receive gas or electricity even if your energy supplier goes bust.     Ofgem will move your account to a new supplier but it may take a few weeks. Your new supplier should then contact you to explain what is happening with your account While you wait to hear from your new supplier: check your current balance and - if possible - download any bills; take a photo of your meter reading If you pay by direct debit, there is no need...

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