Low income households and people living with long term or chronic health conditions are at greater risk of secondary illness as result of living in a cold home.
Living in a cold home over a long period can also raise blood pressure and cause stiffness in joints, increasing the risks of trips & falls, respiratory illness, cardio-vascular and stroke events. Research suggests that treating ill health caused by living in a cold home costs almost £1m per year in Calderdale.
The Council has a range of services to help lower income owner occupiers and private tenants make their homes warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat? These include:
- Free First Time Central Heating
- Small heating repair grants to fix heating and hot water boilers
- Replacement central heating boilers and new heating systems
- Warmth on prescription for low income households with chronic or terminal health conditions (health professional referral needed)
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