New Cost of Living Charter for Ipswich includes ‘warm bank’ venues this winter

Published27th September 2022

Ipswich Borough Council has developed a Cost-of-Living Charter in response to the Cost-of-Living crisis, that includes a proposal to provide ‘warm bank’ locations this winter at various council facilities across the town. 

It’s proposed that once daytime temperatures fall below 15 degrees this Autumn, the community rooms at the council’s sports centres, Gallery 3 at Ipswich Town Hall and the Reg Driver Centre in Christchurch Park will be open for community use as places to keep warm.

These venues will be open during normal opening hours, if they are not already booked for a dedicated event. Hot drinks and a microwave to heat meals will be available along with free WIFI, charging points and games, puzzles and toys for children. In addition, warm showers are available at the sports centres for a £1 fee.

Councillor Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for the Cost of Living and Housing, says:

“This Cost-of-Living Charter sets out our commitment to helping local people with the impact of the cost-of-living crisis.

“A key part of this is providing ‘warm banks’ at some of our facilities, giving people who are unable to afford to heat their homes a free, safe and warm space to spend time during the winter period."

Full details of the proposed Cost-of-Living Charter (Item 5) to be agreed can be found in a paper to the Council’s Executive Committee, available online at: Agenda for Executive on Tuesday 4th October 2022, 6.00 pm | Democracy Online | Ipswich Borough Council