It is important you think about how cold weather this winter may affect you, your family and your home. As temperatures drop, you need to keep warm and well. Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and even kill. People who have suffered from heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia; those who are 65 or over; or people with chronic health condition, are particularly at risk.
Looking out for yourself and others is essential to keeping healthy. Check weather forecasts and plan the day around them. Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18ºC, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
We work with charitable and voluntary organisations to help vulnerable groups across the district through the Warm Homes, Healthy People partnership.
You can find out more about staying well during colder periods at the NHS Choices website.
The Cold Weather Plan for England, sets out a series of actions that health and social care organisations, voluntary groups, and individuals can take to help reduce cold-related illnesses and deaths.
There are a variety of entitlements and benefits people can apply for if struggling to keep their houses warm, such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments. Information about these is available on the GOV.UK website.
For more advice about winter weather, gritting and disruptions visit our winter and gritting page.