The cold weather plan gives advice to help prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England.
Protecting health in cold weather
The Cold Weather Plan for England, published annually since 2011, is a framework intended to protect the population from harm to health from cold weather. It aims to prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of cold weather in England by alerting people to the negative health effects of cold weather, and enabling them to prepare and respond appropriately. It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from cold weather for:
- the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
- professionals working with people at risk
- individuals, local communities and voluntary groups.
The current plan (last updated October 2021) continues to build on the experience of developing and improving the ability of the health and social care sector and its partners to deal with significant periods of cold weather.