Fuel poverty

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    Government's new statistics on fuel poverty (2015 data)

    In response to new UK Government figures released today on fuel poverty levels in England (http://bit.ly/2sUfxqL) charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) release a new report which estimates over 9,600 frail and vulnerable people across the UK are at risk of dying throughout the coming winter months due to cold homes; 80 people per day.

    NEA and EAS are calling on all four nations’ governments to hold an urgent summit to agree where new resources can be found to stop tragic winter deaths. The new UK Fuel Poverty Monitor also provides the latest national fuel poverty statistics and an update on the key aspects of policy which impact on 4 million fuel poor households as well as the population at large. The report warns:

    Cold homes increase risks of heart attacks and strokes via rising blood pressure
    Worsen respiratory illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and asthma
    The report also highlights cold homes worsen arthritic, rheumatic conditions which increase propensity to falls

    Peter Smith, Director of Policy and Research at NEA comments today:

    “It is hugely disappointing to see fuel poverty in England continue to rise. Sadly we think cold homes needlessly kill up to 80 people per day in the winter months. This is not acceptable in the fifth largest economy in the world. Cold homes also cause untold havoc to our national health services. This costs us all as taxpayers well over £1 billion a year as well as increasingly long queues to see GPs, get treated at Accident and Emergency or hampers efforts to discharge vulnerable patients out of hospital. Along with our sister organisation, Energy Action Scotland, we are calling for adequate UK wide resources to stop tragic winter deaths and a joint ministerial summit on health and fuel poverty with representatives from across all four nations’ governments. Now is a crucial time to review the key priorities across all UK nations for the coming winter and beyond.”

    Birmingham's Affordable Warmth Partnership

    Update 2015: Due to financial cuts taking place at the City Council and limited resources in the voluntary sector this work has unfortunately been suspended but will begin again once resources can be found.

    Moseley CDT has worked with partners in the voluntary sector and the City Council to ensure the issue of fuel poverty was included in the Bishop of Birmingham's inquiry in to social inclusion. A white paper has been produced (called giving hope changing lives) now and it contains a recommendation that an Affordable Warmth Partnership is established to help tackle fuel poverty in the City. Moseley CDT continues to work with others to develop Birmingham's first Affordable Warmth Partnership.

  • The Trust has worked with partners in 2014 to form Birmingham's first Affordable Warmth Partnership and strategy to tackle fuel poverty - this can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

  • Update July 2012

    Professor John Hills (from the LSE and an advisor to Government on Fuel Poverty) made a presentation to a small group in Moseley on the 2nd July. He quickly highlighted the three issues that overlap and influence Fuel Poverty: Poverty, Health and Carbon. Also, how the increase in fuel poverty has followed the increase in fuel costs.

    You can download a presentation from Prof. Hills and the evaluation report from the Stay Warm Stay Well project at the bottom of this page.

    Update May 2012

    At the Spending Review in October 2010 the Government announced it would commission an independent review to take a fresh look at the fuel poverty target and definition. On 14 March 2011 the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, announced that Professor John Hills had been requested to undertake this review. The final report was published on 15 March 2012 and the review has now concluded.

    You can see Prof. Hill's report at DECC website

    Update April 2012

    Moseley Community Development Trust has been a partner in delivering the Stay Warm Stay Well project this winter and has continued to help vulnerable people living in fuel poverty. The project has continued to highlight the high numbers of people unable to keep their homes warm and who's health is being damaged by living in a cold home. More recently and as phase one of Stay Warm Stay Well comes to end we have contributed to the debate about social inclusion, that is being led by Be Birmingham.

    You can see our initial contribution at http://fairbrum.wordpress.com/

    Tackling fuel poverty in Birmingham

    Moseley Community Development and Phil Beardmore (environmental consultant) organised an event to discuss fuel poverty in Birmingham. This a serious and growing issue for many people, as energy costs rise and incomes fall people find it harder to keep their homes warm and stay healthy.

    Sponsors: European Anti Poverty Network – England. 2010 was the European year for combating poverty and social exclusion. EY2010 want to bring together those experiencing poverty and groups to discuss the challenges they face. Family Housing Association also helped with the costs.

    When: June 28th, 9.30am till 2.00pm
    Where: Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP
    Purpose: Networking event to share good practice and to consider the formation of an affordable warmth partnership in Birmingham

    What happened?

    There were a series of presentations from organisations tackling fuel poverty:

    Understanding Fuel Poverty in Birmingham
    Phil Beardmore – Environmental consultant

    Third sector responses
    Green Doctor service –Selena Ellis, Richard Schneider
    High Street Energy – Luke Olly
    Birmingham Settlement – Margaret Farrell
    Localise WM – John Morris

    Public sector responses
    Birmingham Energy Savers – Bill Goodfellow
    Birmingham health through warmth – Kyle Stott

    Private sector responses
    EON – Keith Budden

    Development of an Affordable Warmth Partnership in Birmingham
    Experiences from Walsall – Mandy Findlay, Energy Efficiency Officer, Walsall MBC.

    Birmingham fuel poverty 2 July 2012.ppt3.36 MB
    AW for BHAM Strategic Vision 2014.pdf628.11 KB
    Stay Warm Stay Well Interim Eval Report - Exec Summary.pdf99.56 KB