Campaign calls for support helping keep elderly warm this winter

Age UK has launched a campaign for warmer homes. Picture by Maria Moore.

Age UK has launched a campaign for warmer homes. Picture by Maria Moore.

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A campaign calling for more to be done to keep the elderly warm this winter has received local support.

Age UK North Tyneside has given its backing to Age UK’s national campaign for warm homes this winter.

The campaign is calling on the Government to reform its energy efficiency programme to enable all older people to live in a warm home.

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive of Age UK North Tyneside, said: “We are urging everyone in North Tyneside to join the campaign for warm homes to prevent the increasing number of winter deaths.

“Such an approach would not only improve older people’s health; it would also lift thousands out of fuel poverty.”

Age UK North Tyneside’s Energy Advice Service is helping older people stay warm in their homes.

Mrs H, who lives alone in Whitley Bay after her husband passed away, had been referred into the service and had insulation foam, draught excluder brushes, radiator foils and a carbon monoxide detector fitted free of charge.

For more on the campaign visit www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside/news--campaigns/campaign-for-warm-homes/ or call (0191) 280 8484.