East Sussex Warm and Healthy Homes Project
East Sussex County Council
NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group, High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group, Your Energy Sussex. Referral partners: Eastbourne Borough; Hastings Borough; Lewes District; Rother District; Wealden District; Communities Matter; Energise Sussex Coast; Citizens Advice East Sussex (CAES) consortium of Citizens Advice Bureaux; Sussex Community Development Association; Action in Rural Sussex.
The East Sussex Warm & Healthy Homes Fund (WHHF) project was an important element of East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) Winter Home Check (WHC) service and fuel poverty reduction programme coordinated by the East Sussex Energy Partnership (ESEP). It formed part of the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) transformation programme to develop a fully integrated health and social care system in East Sussex.
The Winter Home Check was a preventative year-round service with a track-record of effectively targeting vulnerable households to offer advice, home visit assessments and provision of preventative home energy efficiency measures. It aimed to contribute to public health indicators for fuel poverty and excess winter deaths by better enabling people to keep warm at home. It reached people on low incomes in groups more affected by the cold, including older people, families with young children, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.
The service’s annual budget of nearly £200,000 provides a WHC for at least 600 households. The WHHF grant enabled the WHC service to deliver additional small heating and insulation measures in over 155 households and major measures in 142 households.
Key client referral sources included council contact centres, housing and health & social care teams, hospital services and general practice. Face-to-face and online training was attended by referral partners to ensure that staff and volunteers could identify and refer eligible individuals. Self-referral was also promoted though targeted communications and engagement activities in priority areas.
Participation in the WHHF project has contributed to NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (in partnership with Hastings Borough Council and ESCC) establishing an 18 month ESBT pilot to install major heating/insulation measures in 148 homes in targeted wards of Hastings and Rother, delivered through the WHC.
NEA has awarded a further grant to East Sussex County Council to continue their project and the delivery of measures to an additional 58 eligible households in 2017/18.
Region in which project will be delivered:
Local Authority/key locations in which project will be delivered:
East Sussex County (Eastbourne Borough; Hastings Borough; Lewes District; Rother District; Wealden District)
Details of measures installed:
Eligible individuals benefited from heating and/or insulation measures as required.
ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS ASSISTED
NEA grant with GAP funding
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