The workshop, which will take place from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Open University Conference Centre, London, has been organized by REECH. Realising Energy Efficiency Communities and Homes. Lunch will be provided for all participants but places must be reserved in advance by contacting Ian Tanner of NEA London (details in Notes to editors). REECH is an initiative designed to increase the numbers in ethnic minority communities seeking out energy advice increasing their take up of energy efficiency grants and utilising the assistance available from their fuel suppliers.
The project is run by NEA with support from British Gas. Many people in minority ethnic communities face particular problems in keeping their homes warm, comfortable and healthy, said workshop leader Ian Tanner of NEA. REECH can help them to save money, improve their health and save energy. National charity National Energy Action (NEA) has given a qualified welcome to the Government’s announcement that the number of fuel poor in England has fallen by over 40% since 1996.
We naturally welcome the reduction in the numbers of fuel poor, although the Government’s report leaves no room for complacency. Home Buyer’s Agent Reviews The only long-term solution to fuel poverty is to increase the energy efficiency of the country’s housing, as the Government promised in its White Paper on Energy and in its UK Fuel Poverty Strategy, said William Gillis. The Government also admits that the majority of households have been take out of fuel poverty because of falling prices and higher social security benefits.
But NEA would remind them that these gains are easily lost when price trends are reversed. In fact, we have already seen major fuel suppliers increase their gas prices between 6 and 9% this year. William Gillis also expressed concern that, for several months, rumours have circulated about potential cuts to Warm Front, the Government-backed energy efficiency programme designed to alleviate fuel poverty among Britain’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. However, even at current levels of funding, there are insufficient resources available to meet the Government’s own objective of eradicating this social evil.
The very least the Government can do is to safeguard existing Warm Front funding until 2004. NEA made its appeal as DTI and DEFRA prepared to release the first-year progress report on the UK Fuel Poverty Strategy, due to be released tomorrow (Tuesday). The report is eagerly awaited by National Energy Action (NEA) and other campaigning bodies.