Publications



July 2010

The Heat is On. Using local authority scrutiny committees to reduce fuel poverty. A guide for councillors, local authority officers and organisations concerned about fuel poverty.
Through the Heat is On project, NEA Cymru supported councillors from two local authorities to hold scrutiny reviews of fuel poverty in their local areas. The resulting guide shares the findings of this project and gives advice for other local authorities in Wales who may also wish to scrutinise fuel poverty.

Energy efficiency in community buildings
The information in this publication has been based on knowledge gained over more than 21 years of NEA's experience of conducting energy audits and installing measures in community centres and village halls. This publication is designed to assist in making decisions to reduce fuel costs and improve the environmental performance of buildings. The text contains technical guides and flow charts and a check list which will be a useful start in the planning process.

Fuel Poverty Action Guide 2010
This guide is designed to be a practical and easy-to-use document that will help you identify the best solutions for constituents who are worried about keeping warm and paying their home energy bills. There is support available and help out there from a range of providers - including the Government and the energy suppliers. This guide aims to give you the tools you need to identify the help offered quickly and easily.

Energy Action Journal
NEA's Energy Action Journal provides comment on energy policy and carries news items and features on best practice and new initiatives which assist domestic consumers, with particular emphasis on low-income and vulnerable households. Edited in-house, the journal receives contributions from analysts, academics and practitioners and aims to provoke lively debate. Topics such as customer services and the changing structure of the energy industry are examined and there is a regular update on parliamentary interest in the issues. This journal is published three times a year and hard copies are available free of charge for NEA members.

June 2010

Developing affordable warmth solutions. Services for local authorities
NEA recognises the key role local authorities have to play in the co-ordination and delivery of local strategies to eradicate fuel poverty and to achieve other strategic objectives at a local level. This leaflet details how NEA can work with local authorities and other key stakeholders on strategic policy and practical developments to achieve affordable warmth and carbon reduction targets.

Low-carbon, low-cost. Tackling fuel poverty by meeting socail and environmental need
NEA has been working with manufacturers, research centres and clients over a number of years to develop, implement and evaluate innovative heating and insulation methods that could help alleviate fuel poverty. NEA has monitored over 200 installations of low-carbon technologies and has developed procedures to ensure that clients can gain the maximum savings from any low-carbon technologies. This leaflet details NEA's work to tackle fuel poverty by meeting social and environmental need.

Promoting health and well-being. Services for the health and social care sector
This leaflet details how NEA can work with the health and social care sector to develop policy and practice to improve the circumstances of vulnerable households living in cold, damp homes.

May 2010

A cold, damp home is a danger zone - Make your home safe and warm
This resource pack seeks to promote greater understanding between those working in Children's Trusts and the wider energy field of how they can work together to create affordable warmth for families. The pack contains a range of briefing papers, presentations and other resources for Children's Trust policy makers and practitioners, parents and those working in the wider energy field.

March 2010

Fuel Poverty Charter
Fuel poverty has reached crisis levels. A wide range of organisations have therefore come together to produce this Charter. We call upon the UK government to carry out ten priority actions to address the fuel poverty crisis.

Fuel Debt Advice Bulletin
NEA has secured funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and British Gas to produce a regular Fuel Debt Advice Bulletin. The Bulletin has been designed to provide advisors with up to date information about issues that affect the provision of energy bill advice.

February 2010
Fuel Poverty Action Guide 2010
This guide is designed to be a practical and easy-to-use document that will help you identify the best solutions for constituents who are worried about keeping warm and paying their home energy bills. There is support available and help out there from a range of providers - including the Government and the energy suppliers. This guide aims to give you the tools you need to identify the help offered quickly and easily.

Practical Approaches of Tackling Fuel Poverty and Climate Change - An ESCo Approach
This report is for a series of seminars produced as part of an Innovation and Good Practice project funded by the Tenant Services Authority and supported by DECC, NEA and Impact Housing. The detailed report has been produced to highlight information around the implementation of ESCos, in order to draw out lessons learned and good practice identified to stimulate interest in using ESCos as a vehicle to aid the eradication of fuel poverty. Consistent with this, we have examined in detail the extent of fuel poverty in Cumbria, the full report contains details of this and the research methodology which can be adapted elsewhere.

January 2010

Prevention into action - Single Assessment Process & Common Assessment Framework Toolkit
This resource is an updated awareness toolkit for responding to cold-related health and social care risks through the Single Assessment Process and Common Assessment Framework and draws on findings from NEA's 'Prevention is better than cure research (see below). SAP and CAF provide an ideal mechanism for identifying householders at risk of, or living in fuel poverty and promoting referral into available affordable warmth services. The toolkit contains a range of presentations for local use, appropriate guidance on key issues and practical resources for frontline practitioners.

December 2009

Community Energy Saving Programme: barriers, solutions, success. Annex documents: Area profiles and appendices
These documents accompany a user guide intended for general use by agencies operating a scheme under the new Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). Agencies operating a scheme under the CESP that do not have a copy of the user guide should contact NEA or their contact within the CESP team at DECC.

The profiling document presents a profile of eligible locations across Great Britain to assist scheme operators identify the most appropriate areas for implementation of a CESP programme and some of the key characteristics of their chosen areas. Profiles include data relating to the regional or local authority location of eligible areas; tenure distribution; proportion of solid walls and off gas properties; and morphology (rural/urban classification).

Warming Homes, Cooling the Planet: An Analysis of Socio-Techno-Economic Energy Efficiency Policy and Practice in the UK. An academic thesis and practitioner report
The thesis focuses on the challenges faced by householders in their
everyday use of energy and how, in different ways, they engage with and disengage
from governing agencies, and the issues of fuel poverty and climate change. Attention is paid to the sometimes synergistic yet sometimes problematic outcomes that result when attempts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from homes become entangled with efforts to make energy more affordable for those vulnerable to fuel poverty.

The report is intended for use by practitioners and other interested parties. It presents the key findings, conclusions and opportunities for the future from the main academic thesis, in a more concise format.

The reports are based on a three year research project funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) CASE studentship and NEA. The research was a PhD project based in Durham University's Geography Department.
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October 2009

Alleviating Fuel Poverty in order to improve health in the North East. Final report for the Economy, Culture and Environment Regional Advisory Group of Public Health North East
The following report was commissioned by the health sector in the North East. The report sets out to determine how the health of the population could be improved by alleviating the problems and issues brought on by being in fuel poverty.

This report will be of use to all sectors as fuel poverty is not a single sector issue.

September 2009

Tackling fuel poverty in Europe. Recommendations Guide for Policy Makers
NEA has been involved in a project to assess the scale of fuel poverty and how well this issue is understood in a number of European countries. Working in partnership with agencies from the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, in a project known collectively as the EPEE project, the main purpose of the partnership's work was to raise the profile of fuel poverty in countries where the issue is barely recognised and to see if a common European approach could be developed to defining and resolving the problems faced by low-income energy consumers. The EPEE project has published a brief summary of some of the findings from the project and a series of recommendations to EU decision makers on action needed to ensure affordable warmth for all households in EU Member States.

August 2009

NEA MAT Payment Method Report
The main objective of this scoping study, funded by the Money Advice Trust (MAT), was to examine the case for and identify the components of a new payment method for vulnerable households either at risk of or in fuel debt. A series of document and
secondary data analysis was undertaken; current fuel payment methods within and outside of the UK were identified and appraised; the function of the competitive energy market and the position of vulnerable consumers within it was examined; and the relationships between fuel payment types, levels of fuel debt, and degrees of consumer risk of fuel poverty were explored.

June 2009

A cold, damp home is a danger zone - Make your home safe and warm
This resource pack seeks to promote greater understanding between those working in Children's Trusts and the wider energy field of how they can work together to create affordable warmth for families. The pack contains a range of briefing papers, presentations and other resources for Children's Trust policy makers and practitioners, parents and those working in the wider energy field.
Childrens Trust Leaflet 2009 How to use the resource pack 2009

April 2009

Home Energy Advice Team - ScottishPower End of Year Report
NEA Coventry is a local branch of the national charity NEA, which develops and promotes energy services to tackle the heating and insulation problems of low-income households. The Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) has completed the first year of a two year project that intends to deliver solutions to the complex problem of fuel debt.

NEA was awarded a grant of £49,680.71 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to deliver the HEAT project between 1 April 2008 and the 31 March 2010. This end of year report summarises NEA's delivery of the project so far.

March 2009

The Cost of Affordable Warmth
This report examines the relationship between Government and energy supplier investment in programmes to mitigate fuel poverty and the extent to which these fall short of the measures required to attain statutory targets on fuel poverty eradication. In particular, it looks at the current levels of funding made available by Westminster and Holyrood Governments to tackle fuel poverty, while examining the disparity between existing funding and the resources needed to eradicate fuel poverty.

Hotspots Toolkit
This Hotspots toolkit provides guidance on the development of local Hotspots schemes to tackle the wider determinants of fuel poverty. Hotspots is a cross-referral initiative which aims to engage frontline practitioners as referrers of vulnerable and hard-to-reach households primarily into sources of energy efficiency assistance and advice, income maximisation and home safety services. Hotspots is an adaptable model which can be developed as a standalone scheme or to complement existing provision. It is reliant on in-kind support from agencies and has minimal core costs which makes it an attractive proposition for partnerships operating within tight budgets. The cross-referral nature of provision maximises the range of services that can be provided to householders regardless of how they are referred and also supports the achievement of targets across a broad range of objectives.

The Toolkit has been prepared by Hotspots partners in West Yorkshire with support from NEA. The Toolkit contains the principal guidance as well as three example PowerPoint presentations:

- Referral Scheme Presentation - for referral partners on how to complete referral cards
- Hotspots Launch Presentation - to use at a launch or other event
- Hotspots Fire Services training presentation - to use with fire services staff

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