Understanding carbon monoxide risk in households vulnerable to fuel poverty

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January 2018 | Juliette Burroughs (NEA) This research investigated the relationship between fuel poverty and carbon monoxide (CO) risk in households on low incomes and in vulnerable situations. Over the course of two heating seasons (October to April) in 2015/16 and 2016/17 NEA collected data from 349 households, targeting those on low incomes and with… Read more »

Evaluation of the Npower Fuel Bank™

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This report presents the results of a second phase of evaluation of the npower Fuel Bank™ scheme.  While the pilot evaluation (phase one) examined the experience and impact of the scheme from the perspective of service users and service providers (food bank staff and volunteers), this report focuses solely on service users. Fieldwork took place… Read more »

Energy (In)Efficiency: What tenants expect and endure in private rented housing

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December 2016 | Aimee Ambrose, Lindsey McCarthy, James Pinder This research sought to afford tenants a voice in the urgent debate about energy (in) efficiency in the private rented sector. This was primarily achieved through 48 in-depth interviews with tenants in Hackney and Rotherham. It was revealed that tenants face considerable barriers to seeking help with cold homes… Read more »

The Spéird Project: Understanding influences on fuel poverty in rural and island Scotland

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October 2016 | Dr Keith Baker & Ron Mould, Glasgow Caledonian University and Scott Restrick, Energy Action Scotland The Scottish Government’s statistics now show that rural households spend more on energy to heat their homes than urban equivalents. However, research conducted by the project team using data from households in Renfrewshire has found this ‘energy spend gap’… Read more »

A debt affect?

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July 2016 | Citizens Advice Bureau In the years after the financial crisis, levels of unsecured personal debt in the UK fell from a historical peak of 23% of disposable income in 2008 to its current level of around 15%. That trend has now started to reverse. Unsecured debt is now growing faster than incomes and… Read more »

Relationship experts: Behaviour change and home energy coaching

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Authors: Rachel Lilley, James Cass and Bob Jacques ( Ymlaen Ceredigion in partnership with Ceredigion County Council and Aberystwyth University) Published: June 2016 This research from Ymlaen Ceredigion in partnership with Ceredigion County Council and Aberystwyth University, looks at the role that human behaviour plays in energy efficiency and how adapting these behaviours is as crucial… Read more »

Money on your mind

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June 2016 | Money and Mental Health Policy Institute Money and Mental Health is the new Policy Institute set up by Martin Lewis to tackle the toxic relationship between financial difficulties and mental health problems. Today Money and Mental Health launch their flagship report Money on your mind. This is the largest study of its kind, drawing… Read more »

Fuel poverty and houses in multiple occupation: Practitioners’ views

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Authors: NEA working with Future Climate Published: March 2016 Funded by DECC, National Energy Action and Future Climate looked in detail at the facts about fuel poverty and energy efficiency standards in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) . The research sought to examine the problem  of fuel poverty in HMOs; the extent to which poor… Read more »

 
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