Does your Local Authority have a Fuel Poverty Strategy?
Yes, find information on our Fuel Poverty Strategy, however this will be reviewed in light of recent changes to national strategy
What steps have you taken to identify residents/properties in fuel poverty? What blockers, if any, have there been in identifying households in fuel poverty?
The majority of identification of fuel poor households through our local Warmth for Wellbeing project and the LEAP programme has been through working with local partners either through existing networks and client groups or via outreach work. For example Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative have held regular helpdesks and events across the city in public spaces or targeted for example at food banks.
How does fuel poverty interlink with your local authority’s overall Carbon Reduction Strategy?
Addressing fuel poverty and the health impacts of cold homes will be integral to our overall carbon reduction strategy, we acknowledge the tension that can sometimes exist between the two areas, for example the move away from gas as the main energy source for heating and hot water to potentially more expensive electricity supply.
Please highlight any fuel poverty issues specific to your area.
The nature of the local housing stock being older and harder to treat than national averages and the large private rented sector creates barriers to improving homes and addressing fuel poverty.
What measures or initiatives have you taken to promote fuel cost reduction for those in fuel poverty? Include information on partnerships with local businesses or energy providers you have.
Covered elsewhere in the report. We work with a strong network of local agencies and have a multi-agency Fuel Poverty and Affordable Warmth Steering group that meets regularly to work towards the goals set out in the local strategy. Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative, NEA and Brighton & Hove CAB are permanent member of the steering group alongside BBHCC Housing and Public Health.