Council plans for winter and festive period

This week marks the launch of a national campaign by the Met Office about getting ready for the winter months.

Leeds City Council already has a number of initiatives in place to help keep the city moving during the winter period.

From gritting roads to insulating your home, or even ensuring the right people get their flu jab in time, the council is making sure everyone is aware of how to prepare.

With the cold weather approaching quickly, people will soon see a difference to their fuel bills. Wrap Up Leeds ECO, a council led scheme to help people heat their homes for less is available to anyone who owns their own property or privately rents in Leeds. People can find out if they could benefit by calling 0113 395 0757, emailing wrapupleeds@leeds.gov.uk or visiting www.wrapupleeds.co.uk.

The council already has a mountain of 19,000 tonnes of grit ready to cover the map of primary and secondary routes, but as always a reminder that paths and residential roads cannot be treated due to the sheer size of our city.

Currently there is a campaign running to raise awareness of the flu jab. People aged 65 or over, or pregnant, or who have a health condition such as asthma, chest or heart complaints or diabetes are at the greatest risk. This year children aged two and three are also being offered the vaccine. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/flu

Looking after the elderly and vulnerable is key during the colder months. Simply checking they are ok and have enough food and their heating is working can make a real difference. For information and advice about the Older People’s Neighbourhood Networks, call the Leeds Directory’s helpline on 0113 391 8333 or go to www.leedsdirectory.org.

The snow and bad weather can affect everything, from businesses and schools to transport and other services. The council website, Leeds.gov.uk will be updated with school closures, and businesses will receive a ‘Leeds Alert’ from the council’s emergency planning team should the weather take a turn for the worst.

The council’s Safer Leeds Partnership will be promoting the ‘darker nights’ campaign with West Yorkshire Police to raise awareness of what people can do to make their homes more safe and less vulnerable to burglary.

In the city centre,taxi marshals will be on hand as we get closer to the countdown to Christmas, to help late night revellers get home safely and patrol the city streets.

But this year it is not just about the wintery conditions, as part of a campaign against payday lenders, Leeds Credit Union wants to encourage more people to come to them for financial advice and support in the lead up to Christmas, rather than turning to payday lenders to fund the festive break. Checking to see if you receive all the financial support you are entitled to is also important. For people wanting advice on utility bills and benefits, the council’s welfare team (0113 376 0452) can assist along with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (0844 477 4788).

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“Preparing the city for the wintery months includes so much more than the obvious stock piling of grit and travel planning.

“We work closely with a number of partners across the city to keep the city moving during the cold snap, but we do we do rely on local communities to work with us, as we cannot cover everything. Whether it is checking on a neighbour or lending a hand, all of this helps.”

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For more information about the Get Ready for Winter campaign visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk