Residents are in the zone this winter

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Households are being given help to stay warm this winter in a scheme to improve energy efficiency.

North Tyneside Council is working with Warm Zone CIC to help residents reduce their fuel bills and keep warm this winter.

Until the end of January 2015, Warm Zone assessors will be out and about in Chirton, Collingwood, Howdon, Longbenton, Riverside and Wallsend wards.

They will be helping residents to find out whether they’re eligible for full or partial grants to help with improvements to central heating, cavity wall and loft insulation and solid wall insulation.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for Sustainable Development, said: “This is a great scheme and one that I’d really encourage households to find out more about. It’s already delivered improvements and additional benefits entitlement worth over £1.3m to our residents.

“Although the assessors are in these particular wards, anyone living in the borough can contact Warm Zone to see if they’re eligible.”

The Warm Zone team can also carry out an assessment to see if residents are missing out on any benefits they’re entitled to.