Barnsley Council to launch Affordable Warmth Charter at Warm and Well event

We will host a Warm and Well event in Barnsley Market on Friday 2 December to mark the launch of our Affordable Warmth Charter.

The event will take place from 8.30am to 2pm in Barnsley Market, where we will highlight what's on offer for our residents to keep warm and well this winter in light of rising energy costs and the cost of living.  

Partners from across the borough will be in attendance to share information, including the charity DIAL Barnsley, who are sending caseworkers to give advice and information and take referrals for home visits, and Age UK will be distributing their winter service leaflet and signposting residents to their services.

Representatives from Berneslai Homes will be promoting their warm and welcoming spaces, and their Tenants First Service will be offering help and support to tenants who are struggling with the rising cost of living.

Meanwhile, our Warm Homes team will be checking eligibility for heating and insulation grants, and our More Money In Your Pocket team will speak to residents about the support available to them this winter to combat rising costs of living.

In addition, a pop-up COVID-19 autumn booster clinic will be running for eligible people to get their vaccine to boost their immunity this winter.

The charter, recommended to Cabinet in October, will help organisations work together to share knowledge, expertise and resources on tackling the health inequalities caused by fuel poverty and help make sure residents live in warm, healthy, energy-efficient homes.

Partners will be encouraged to sign up and pledge using one or more of the five key priorities: energy-efficient homes, affordable energy, employment, education and skills, partnership working and low-carbon commitments.

Councillor Robert Frost, Cabinet spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: "In Barnsley, we want everyone to have access to the right support at the right time and place so problems can be tackled early and they can enjoy life in good physical and mental health.

"The scale of the current cost of living crisis is unprecedented. We know this winter will be difficult for many of our residents, and we are looking to maximise the impact of the help we can provide by giving them good information and guidance and signposting the financial support and advice available.

"We want the Affordable Warmth Charter to bring organisations together to improve access to affordable warmth in people's homes. I hope to see many of our partners signing up for the pledge."

Amanda Garrard, Chief Executive of Berneslai Homes, added: "We're doing as much as we can to support our tenants to keep warm and well this winter, and we're pleased to sign the Affordable Warmth Charter.

"This commitment supports our Zero-Carbon ambition to improve the environmental and energy performance of the housing stock. This will help keep our tenants warm, reduce their overall energy costs, and in turn, help to alleviate fuel poverty while also reducing their carbon emissions.

"Our Tenants First team are providing lots of help and support to tenants struggling with the cost of living, including access to a hardship fund and a household support grant to assist tenants most in need.

To learn more about the Affordable Warmth Charter or register your interest in signing it, please visit our website.

For more information on making your home warmer and cheaper to run, go to barnsley.gov.uk/warmhomes or call 01226 77 33 66 to speak to our Warm Homes team.

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