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NEWS ROUNDUP: Yorkshire self-isolation support

 

24/05/21 | Leeds local news | Yorkshire and Humber is set to receive part of a £12m pot for the pilot of self-isolation support across England.

Buddying services will be introduced for people needing mental health support, alongside alternative accommodation for those in overcrowded homes.

Social care support will also be available and it’s hoped the schemes will encourage more people to get tested and self-isolate if required.

 

 

Leeds City Council has confirmed plans to connect 26 tower blocks to cheaper, greener heating after appointing a contractor to deliver the work by 2024.
The £24m upgrades mean thousands of residents can expect cheaper and more reliable heating as well as warmer and healthier homes.

A number of council-owned tower blocks in Armley, Gipton, Harehills, Killingbeck, Seacroft, and Little London will have their existing heating and hot water systems upgraded through the project.

By improving the efficiency of council housing the ‘Clustering for Warmth’ initiative will help protect vulnerable residents from cold-related illnesses, tackle fuel poverty and support skilled local jobs.

The use of ground source heat pumps will also mean that the upgrades will cut carbon emissions in Leeds by an estimated 950 tonnes per year.

Cenergist, a specialised energy efficiency company, has been appointed to design, build and deliver six new low carbon district heating network ‘clusters’.

As part of the scheme, twelve jobs, four apprenticeships and ten work experience placements for Leeds residents within the construction and energy sectors will be created by the scheme.

In March, Leeds City Council pledged to invest £100m improving the energy efficiency of its council homes by 2025 and announced a £9m green refurbishment of a Holt Park housing estate.


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