My Norwich Cosy City Scheme

Norwich Cosy City packs for people in Norwich

The City Council’s Cosy City scheme is part of my Social Inclusion cabinet role. Some of the pics below show me with cold weather packs we distribute as part of the scheme – and contain a thermal mug, a blanket, gloves, a hat, thermal socks, a foam weather strip (to keep the draughts out) and plenty of practical advice about reducing energy bills and keeping warm in Norwich this winter.

Even before I got my role in cabinet, I was taking action on fuel poverty in Norwich as you can see from the leaflet about pre-payment meter rip-off. It’s estimated that over 37,000 people in Norwich (1 in every 4 households) are prepay users, many of them without any choice.

People on prepay meters, the poorest in Norwich, actually pay on average around £250 more per year for their energy than the cheapest deals (which aren’t available on prepay). And it can cost hundreds of pounds to get your prepay meter changed to a standard one.

Now I’m involved at the heart of the battle against fuel poverty in Norwich, I’ve made it my business to do more. I introduced the Winter Wellbeing Event on 5th October which brought together organisations offering an affordable warmth service and I’m proud that our Labour council has signed up over 2000 people to this tranche of Switch and Save.

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Top: Me with ‘CosyCity’ cold weather packs we distribute as part of the scheme – containing a thermal mug, a blanket, gloves, a hat, thermal socks, a foam weather strip (to keep the draughts out) and plenty of practical advice about reducing energy bills and keeping warm in Norwich this winter.
Bottom left: CosyCity practical advice about reducing energy bills and keeping warm in Norwich this winter.
Bottom right: Even before I got my role in cabinet, I was taking action on fuel poverty in Norwich as you can see from this leaflet about pre-payment meter rip-off.

Norwich City Council's Cosy City & Big Switch and Save