The Cold Weather Plan aims to prepare for the effects of winter weather on people's health.
It provides advice for individuals, communities and agencies on how to prepare for and respond to severe cold weather. And it is supported by a Met Office cold weather alert service that starts on 1 November and runs until the end of March 2013.
The plan is part of a wider suite of measures that the Department of Health, NHS, Health Protection Agency and the Met Office are taking to protect individuals and communities from the effects of severe winter weather.
Read the letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Director of Nursing, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, and the Deputy NHS Chief Executive announcing the launch of this year’s Cold Weather Plan.