NEA and British Gas are working with Enfield Council to launch the Community Action Partnership in Enfield
The partnership was launched at the ‘Beat the Winter Cold – Beat the Winter Flu’ event which took place at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre organised by Enfield Over 50s Forum, where local over 50s groups could find out more about beating fuel poverty and staying warm and healthy during winter. Andy Love MP attended on the day. There were over 180 individuals who attended who heard advice on how to stay warm over winter – Citizens Advice Bureau, NEA, British Gas, Age UK and other community organisations manned stalls throughout the event.
The partnership will help promote the health benefits of warm homes, particularly for older and vulnerable people. GPs and other health professionals will be given advice on how to refer patients for help with heating their homes.
Specialist ‘Energy Champions’ will be trained to help support vulnerable households by offering advice on energy saving support including free insulation, financial help and other ways to save energy in the home. Community events will be organised to raise awareness of the help available and a full programme of activity will be announced in the coming months.
Enfield Fuel Poverty Strategy launched
Enfield Council along with British Gas and NEA celebrated launching their Warmer Homes strategy for Enfield last November. The event brought together a number of key players at the Dugdale Centre to launch the ‘Warmer Homes’ strategy to tackle fuel poverty in the borough. Representatives from the council, NEA and British Gas spoke around fuel poverty policy and there was also a number of exhibitors giving important energy saving advice and a free ‘energy champion pack’ was given to each delegate.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health & Sport, Cllr Nneka Keazor said: “Everyone has the right to live in a safe, warm home, and a huge amount of work has gone into helping to alleviate fuel poverty in the borough in the past few years. But the problem is that rising fuel prices combined with welfare reform make improving the situation a huge challenge for us. In 2013, nearly 13,000 households in Enfield could not afford to heat their homes sufficiently. The council’s strategy to tackle fuel poverty includes raising awareness, reducing fuel spend, maximising income, improving the housing stock and providing energy advice.”