NEA annual conference continues to be a key date in the fuel poverty calendar and an important forum for both policy makers and local practitioners to debate the issues at the heart of strategy to ensure affordable warmth for all. 280 conference delegates from the energy industry, social and voluntary sectors, local and national government and the health sector heard from a range of speakers including two Government Ministers and MP’s. A SERIES of regional seminars will examine the role of sustainable energy in eradicating fuel poverty and providing affordable warmth.
Targeted at representatives from local authorities, housing associations and other relevant local and regional agencies with an interest in sustainable energy, the seminars aim to. Outline the causes and effects of fuel poverty and the efforts being made to tackle it and encourage sustainable energy at a national, regional and local level.
Highlight examples of partnerships that demonstrate how sustainable energy can help provide adequate and affordable heated homes. Highlight the role that national and local Government, regional agencies, business and community groups can play in meeting social and environmental need – Make recommendations for local action. The seminars are being funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and delivered by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), in partnership with the Government Offices for the Regions, Groundwork UK and supported by Powergen.
A NEW project to help deaf people living in the East Midlands avoid the misery of cold damp homes has been launched by Alan Simpson MP. Alan Simpson MP launched the project at the Nottinghamshire Deaf Society in Nottingham on Friday 24th September. Fuel poverty is defined as any household where ten percent or more of income is spent on heating or energy costs. Low income, poor housing, heating and insulation standards are the root causes of fuel poverty.
The lack of information and advice available in BSL often leaves deaf people at greater risk of fuel poverty and cold-related illnesses. Take up of energy efficiency advice and measures is invariably lower among BSL users. MEND seeks to overcome these barriers by recruiting ten Energy Advisors who use BSL and through the production of an energy advice video presented in BSL. The Energy Advisors will be able to use the video during energy efficiency advice sessions and refer clients for appropriate energy grants and services.