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Symposium to tackle fuel poverty

A symposium, taking place on Thursday 19 June at Broadway House, Westminster, will aim to provide an opportunity for local authorities, housing associations, the NHS, central government, the third sector, energy/utilities providers and other key stakeholders to examine measures to tackle fuel poverty.

The key speaker will be Alison Mathias, manager at The Homes and Communities Agency.

Fuel poverty affects local communities right across the UK and is one of the biggest contributors to health inequalities.

If urgent steps are taken to tackle fuel poverty, it would help improve living standards for people on low incomes, encourage a more energy efficient housing sector, decrease NHS expenditure and lead to less winter deaths.

To underpin efforts to tackle fuel poverty, several other policies have been introduced, including the Warm House Discount Scheme, the Energy Company Obligation and the Green Deal.

The symposium will:

  • Examine the consumer protection provisions of the Energy Act 2013
  • Discuss how public health outcomes on fuel poverty can be achieved through public health directors
  • Explore how to develop a strategic approach to building energy efficiency in all housing and consider other housing initiatives
  • Evaluate government initiatives such as the Green Deal, the ECO and the Big Energy Saving Network
  • Share knowledge on how local authorities, the NHS, the housing sector and others can work together to tackle fuel poverty

The event, called “Warmer, Healthier and Fairer: Towards a New Framework for Tackling Fuel Poverty”, will be held at 10:15am-4:30pm.

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