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NEA respond to the Mayor of London’s “A City for All Londoners” consultation

December 2017 | Mayor of London

NEA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Mayor of London’s “A City for All Londoners”. In October 2016, NEA also welcomed the London Mayor’s commitment to tackle cold homes in the capital and the development of a new fuel poverty action plan which will be produced in spring 2017. As well as outlining the scale of the challenge, NEA hopes this response provides a number of positive solutions that can be embedded within the final Environment strategy and the bespoke Fuel Poverty Action Plan. In particular we highlight how retargeting and amplifying existing programmes alongside the introduction of targeted and adequate investment by the Mayor can support London Boroughs to reverse recent trends and help improve the quality of life for those living in life threatening conditions across the capital. We also highlight how more ambitious energy saving programmes could also improve air quality; boost economic activity in deprived areas; reduce costs to local health services; reduce needless carbon emissions, rent arrears and void periods for landlords; create jobs and wider benefits for London businesses; avoid unnecessary investment in non-efficient forms of embedded power generation which can increase local air pollution and help reduce the cost of network reinforcement. The latter could in turn help reduce the extent or duration of civil utility street works taking place in London.

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Understanding Fuel Poverty: Final report of the Chesshire Lehmann Fund

The Chesshire Lehmann Fund (CLF) was established in September 2009 in memory of Professor John Chesshire and Dr Peter Lehmann. Both men were Fabian socialists who had a commitment to community and environmental energy causes long before awareness of climate change became widespread. John and Peter were very active across a range of professional bodies and were also engaged in charitable causes linked to energy efficiency and poverty alleviation. From 2002 Peter and John had been, respectively, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and were responsible for tough, but accurate, advice to Government. CLF obtained gifts from several of the major utilities and this enabled us to provide funds for a collection of academic researchers (typically receiving £5000) and community groups (receiving £2000-£3500). In total we distributed £107,600. Nearly every project was visited by one or more of the Trustees, during the period of the grant. This report demonstrates the findings from 24 of the 25 grants awarded together with updates from the 14 students we funded to attend an annual National Energy Action (NEA) conference. There is a report on each grant, together with notes on subsequent activity and contact details. The findings are a combination of the results from the projects themselves, together with comments from the Trustees. In sequence, we have sections on evidence, health and education, communities and policy, followed by notes on students we have supported.

July 2016 | Chesshire Lehmann Fund