Scheme is helping to keep properties safe

Safe and healthy homes team member Rob with Mr Pagden (left).
Safe and healthy homes team member Rob with Mr Pagden (left).

An initiative ensuring residents stay health and warm has been hailed a success.

North Tyneside Council’s safe and healthy homes team provides advice to help residents fix housing issues that affect their health.

One resident who has benefited is 72-year-old Mr Pagden, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

He was referred by a social worker who was concerned the lack of central heating and condition of electrics were making a respiratory problem worse.

The team arranged for an electrician to fix light fittings and replaced the boiler.

Mr Pagden said: “I am very happy now; I can continue living in my own home and I am quite independent. I feel a lot better and my house is lovely and warm. The safe and healthy homes team did a wonderful job.”

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to help our residents in such an important way, especially now the colder weather is setting in.”

“As well as training our staff to spot the signs of fuel poverty, a local partnership is also training frontline emergency service staff, too. Together, we are working really hard to improve the health of our residents.

“No one should be living in fuel poverty, and it’s extremely worrying that people’s health could be suffering.

“I would urge members of the public to contact the team via email, over the phone or call into a drop-in event if they need our help or know of someone who does.

The safe and healthy homes team will be at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre on November 17, from 10am to 2pm to talk to any residents.

For more information, call (0191) 643 7585 or email