New awards celebrate achievements in tackling fuel poverty

Released: 20 January 2016

With 1 in 3 households in Wales struggling to keep their homes warm this winter, the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action Cymru is launching an awards scheme to recognise innovative projects which are helping vulnerable households struggling with their energy bills.

Nominations are now being invited for the prestigious Feel The Heat Awards which will showcase examples of excellence in tackling fuel poverty throughout Wales.  The awards are being supported by energy company SSE SWALEC with a total of £4,000 available to 3 winning organisations to aid them in tackling fuel poverty in their local areas.

The new Awards will recognise and celebrate the achievements being made by creative and innovative initiatives in the areas of tackling fuel poverty including financial advice for people at risk of, or in, fuel poverty; helping households in fuel debt; energy efficiency training and education; and collaboration and partnership working in the fight against fuel poverty.  The Awards are open to not-for-profit organisations, including local authorities, housing associations, health agencies, public and statutory organisations, charities and community groups.

All entries must be received by 1st February 2016.   So if you know of an organisation or local group who is involved in a creative initiative to tackle fuel poverty or help vulnerable households to keep warm please visit the Feel the Heat webpage.

Carole Morgan-Jones, Director, NEA Cymru, commented: “I am delighted to be inviting nominations for the Feel the Heat Awards from organisations and groups working across Wales to ensure everyone can enjoy the comforts of a warm home.  I know from stakeholders, partners and colleagues that there is a great deal of excellent work being undertaken in the area of fuel poverty and these awards are an excellent way of acknowledging that work, as well as providing financial support to enable organisations to continue or expand their projects.”

Frances Muller, Customer Relations Manager at SSE SWALEC, said: “We are proud to support the ‘Feel the Heat’ awards which celebrate innovation and action that is making a difference for customers.  We look forward to learning more about how groups across Wales are providing advice and support for people in more vulnerable circumstances.”

To find out more about the work of National Energy Action and to download an entry form please go here.

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Notes to Editors:

  • For all enquiries, please contact Carole Morgan-Jones or telephone 029 2022 9322 / 07720591403
  • NEA is the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth. For further details visit nea.org.uk
  • The Feel the Heat Awards are being supported by SSE S
  • Fuel poverty results from a combination of factors: low household income; energy prices; and inadequate heating and insulation standards. The consequences of fuel poverty range from psychological distress, social isolation and physical discomfort to illness and, in the most extreme cases, premature death
  • In Wales, fuel poverty is defined as the need to spend over 10% of household income on fuel costs to maintain adequate warmth for health and comfort. Almost 1 in 3 (30%) of households in Wales were living in fuel poverty in 2012, equating to 386,000 homes. 328,000 of these are believed to be vulnerable households (containing a child, older person, or someone who is disabled or has a long-term illness). http://wales.gov.uk/docs/caecd/research/130430-wales-fuel-poverty-projection-tool-2011-12-report-en.pdf
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