Fuel poverty in Birmingham - networking meeting
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.
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
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.ppt||3.36 MB|
|AW for BHAM Strategic Vision 2014.pdf||628.11 KB|
|Stay Warm Stay Well Interim Eval Report - Exec Summary.pdf||99.56 KB|