NEA and British Gas have teamed up with Liverpool City Council and Viridis, a consortium of local authorities and housing providers across Merseyside, to launch the Community Action Partnership in Liverpool.
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 in the city will be organised to raise awareness of energy efficiency and the help available. The Partnership will work with a range of local agencies to promote energy efficiency in communities and improve lives through local support.
The Community Action Partnership for Liverpool was launched at the ‘Winter Survival Community Event’, held at St George’s Hall. The event, which was organised by Liverpool City Council, was free to attend and was aimed at supporting vulnerable residents. Over 750 residents came to the event Viridis, NEA, British Gas and other community organisations manned stalls throughout the event. NEA also held energy bingo sessions throughout the day. The Lord Mayor attended the event and was able to meet representatives from the organisations involved in the partnership.
Lord Mayor and local MPs commit to tackling fuel poverty in Merseyside
NEA and local Merseyside fuel poverty charity Energy Projects Plus (EPP) jointly hosted the Merseyside Fuel Poverty Conference as part of CAP in Liverpool. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion supported the event which brought together over 80 representatives from key organisations and sectors across Merseyside to provide an opportunity to influence the future approach of fuel poverty at both a national and local level.
Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree and shadow minister for mental health provided the key note address. She used her experience gained in previous roles as shadow minister for energy and climate change and shadow minister for public health to speak about how fuel poverty has a wide ranging effect on vulnerable people, the strong link between fuel poverty and mental health, and how important it is to have a strong programme of support available to tackle the issues.
As part of the day’s events, the Lord Mayor and MPs signed a commitment to support local organisations working to tackle fuel poverty across Merseyside. Luciana Berger MP, Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton; Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey and shadow first secretary of state and shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills and Peter Dowd, MP for Bootle all came together to demonstrate their commitment.
The workshop sessions focussed on the recently published NICE consultation on preventing excess winter deaths and morbidity, with delegates discussing two key consultation questions with a view to submitting a conference response to NICE.
Liverpool Winter Warmth Event
The Winter Survival Community Event at St George’s Hall was sponsored by British Gas through the Community Action Partnership. The event was hosted by Liverpool City Council and attracted over 800 members of the general public.
As part of the event the CAP team ran four energy efficiency bingo sessions for 91 attendees. Liverpool’s Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress joined in one of the sessions and congratulated the team on their engaging and innovative way of providing energy tips. Each winner was given an energy efficiency pack. The first to win was Adrian from Walton, he said: “I was amazed to win the energy efficiency bingo session and the energy tips were really useful too.
CAP also had a stand with information and advice leaflets. The stand was busy all day with enquiries around the Warm Home Discount, tariffs and insulation. There was a marked increase in interest in smart meters and energy monitors compared to last year.
Blogger David Lloyd attended the energy efficiency bingo session, see his blog here.
Published on 26-01-2016