Almost eleven thousand vulnerable people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could die in the next fifteen years because they're unable to heat their homes.
That's the stark warning from the charity National Energy Action says domestic energy consumers are being hit hard by Treasury energy taxes. They're calling on politicians to address the issue as a matter of priority ahead of the general election.
Government figures show there are currently 4.5 million households which are unable to properly heat their homes across the country.
- In Yorkshire and The Humber, 244850 households (10.8%) live in fuel poverty.
- NEA believes that of the 3000 'excess winter deaths' in Yorkshire and The Humber every year, 30% of these were attributed to cold homes.
- Fuel poor households in Yorkshire and The Humber typically need to pay£440 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.
A couple from Leeds are trying to break a world record with their wedding. Alex and Amy are walking down the aisle with 130 bridesmaids and 100 ushers.
Today marks the start of the Jane Tomlinson appeal's week of celebrations.
The appeal supports a range of charities from both Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and there will be events held across the region throughout the week. It has also been revealed today that the appeal has raised over £7million for charities.
Engineers have revealed the first generation of driverless cars, which could be rolled out across the country in a matter of years. Today the Business Secretary gave more details on three projects taking place across the country - each benefiting from a share of £19 million in government cash. Yorkshire road safety campaigners have welcomed the developments - saying it could lead to safer roads for us all. Matt Price reports.
Yorkshire pair Jack Leaning and Will Rhodes have become the latest players to sign long-term deals with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Leaning, who is currently enjoying a successful close season in Australia with Sydney-based side Sutherland, has agreed an extension until December 2017 and former England under 19s captain Rhodes has also signed on until the end of 2017.
The 21-year-old Leaning was an integral part of Yorkshire’s Championship winning success in 2014 playing 10 matches. As a middle-order batsman, he averaged just over 38 in LV= County Championship cricket with a top score of 99 against Sussex at Arundel. In limited overs cricket, Leaning was more successful with a super batting average of 55 in the Royal London One-Day Cup including a maiden century of 111 not out against Essex Eagles at Scarborough last August.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with Yorkshire,” said Leaning.
“I am still learning my trade as a professional cricketer. It was very special to be part of a winning team last year in my first full season. I hope that I can continue to progress and contribute to the long-term success of the Club.”
Hull-born all-rounder Rhodes is highly-regarded by the Yorkshire cricket department. He has yet to feature in a First-class match for the White Rose county, but has shown tremendous potential in the few games he has played for the Club in One-day cricket. Over the next couple of years he is keen to establish himself as a regular member of the senior squad.
“I am enjoying my cricket and in particular being part of the Yorkshire set-up,” said the 19-year-old, who has spent the off-season honing his skills with the senior side at Headingley.
“There is a great spirit amongst the group and I just love coming into Headingley every day and working on my game. I felt that I had a good season last year with the England under 19s and the Yorkshire Second XI. My aim is to continue to work hard, play well and be part of the senior set-up over the next few years. I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Since the start of the year, six players have signed new contracts with the Club including Alex Lees, Steve Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom in the last fortnight.
A dispute which has led to strikes by ambulance workers in our region has ended after more than two years.
Members of Unite at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service have taken industrial action in a row over recognition of the union and staffing arrangements.
A joint statement today from the Ambulance service and union said both parties were resolved to settle outstanding issues, and an agreement had been reached to re-recognise the union.
From April staff will be paid at least £7.85 per hour exceeding the statutory minimum wage by 20 per cent.
22 schools in Yorkshire and the Humber are to be rebuilt or refurbished as part of a government building programme. Walkley Primary School in Sheffield and Badger Hill Primary School in York are among the schools which will receive a share of nearly £150 million to upgrade their facilities.
A £450,000 grant to upgrade the canal towpath near Skipton has been greatly welcomed by the Canal & River Trust, Craven District Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
The funding from the Department for Transport was announced by Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to Yorkshire.
The Canal & River Trust charity, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways, will lead on the project to create a new, all-weather hard surface along a popular 4km stretch of the towpath, running alongside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Skipton to Bradley. The upgrade work is due to start in April and will last for about three months.
We are delighted to have secured funding to transform the towpath into an all-weather surface which will make such a difference for cyclists, walkers, boaters and anglers using this popular route. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is one of the key 'Gateways to the Dales' and support from our partners Craven District Council and the National Park Authority has been vital in making this project a reality. Ultimately our ambition is to upgrade the entire Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath in Yorkshire, improving links for the Leeds city region through to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Sellers of The Big Issue will be given a celebrity boost across the streets of Yorkshire this week.
Politicians including George Galloway and David Blunkett will be among a host of big names selling the magazine as part of a campaign to raise money and change perceptions of homlessness.
West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner says it is an important resource for homeless people.
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