Corinne Macdonald, left, Communications Manager at Ryedale District Council and Serena Williams, right, Senior Environmental Health Officer at Ryedale District Council accept the award for Council of the Year.

Ryedale District Council wins Council of the year at Energy Efficiency Awards

Ryedale District Council has won Council of the Year at the Yorkshire and Humberside Energy Efficiency Awards for its work on fuel poverty.

At an awards ceremony in Huddersfield on Friday evening the Council beat off stiff competition in the category from Leeds, York and Hull city councils to take the top award.

The authority was recognised for its longstanding commitment to improving energy efficiency in the homes of its citizens which dates back to the 1990s.

Officers have continuously developed its work in this area and have provided various innovative schemes to tackle poverty leading to the authority’s current ‘whole house approach’.

Ryedale’s rural setting brings unique challenges due to a proportion of residents being off the main gas network and relying on expensive fuel sources to keep warm.

With energy prices continuing to rise and the cost of living crisis expected to worsen in winter, the Council’s work on fuel poverty has never been more important.

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Place and Rescources for Ryedale District Council said: “This win for our work as a council is a huge achievement and represents the tireless work of our officers over many years.

“Our work on various innovative schemes in collaboration with partners such as YES Energy Solutions has reduced fuel poverty and improved the health of our residents.

“This in turn has saved them hundreds of pounds on their energy bills and helped the Council deliver on the aims in our Council Plan of helping citizens become more energy efficient.”

A number of schemes are currently available to those who are eligible 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. Housing grants and assistance - Ryedale District Council