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Ryedale District Council shortlisted for award for work on energy efficiency

Ryedale District Council has been shortlisted at the Yorkshire and Humberside Energy Efficiency Awards for its work on fuel poverty.

The Council is one of four authorities to be shortlisted in the Regional Council or Local Authority Body of the Year.

With a longstanding commitment to improving energy efficiency in the homes of its citizens dating back to the 1990s, the Council has continuously developed its work in this area and has provided various innovative schemes to tackle fuel poverty and currently has a ‘whole house approach’.

This holistic approach means residents are supported through every stage from the installation of gas central heating to advice on the best tariff options.

The district’s rural setting brings specific challenges such as people experiencing fuel poverty due to being off the main gas network and relying on expensive fuel sources to keep warm.

With energy bills skyrocketing, many residents are having to make difficult decisions like whether to spend money on food or fuel.

The majority of people supported through our schemes had significant health conditions, made worse by living in cold homes.

Ryedale District Council currently offers a number of schemes to eligible citizens including the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Scheme, Ryedale Energy Saver Scheme and Green Homes Grant Scheme.

Landlords are also able to apply for the Landlord Improvement Loan or Grant which can be used to improve energy efficiency.

More information about all of these schemes can be read on the Council’s website here

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Place and Resources, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Ryedale District Council and I am proud of all the officers involved.

“We are dedicated to reducing fuel poverty and improving the health of our residents through various innovative schemes and it’s great to see that recognised in being shortlisted for these awards.

“Our work in this area carries on. Council officers have worked tirelessly for nearly three decades and we will continue to do so to ensure we deliver on the aims set out in our Climate Change Action Plan.”

The winner of the awards will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Clarion Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield on Thursday 7 April.