Yesterday (Tuesday 20th February 2018) we welcomed a group of experts from the world of health, energy, housing, charity sector and the Council to our Bristol Energy Hub on the Harbourside, to help tackle fuel poverty - a huge problem in our city.
This was our first focused meeting off the back of the No Cold Homes event we organised in November, with the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Western Power Distribution. Organisations in attendance included Citizens Advice, Bristol Health Partners, WE Care and Repair, The Care Forum, and BCC Energy Service.
Laura Penny, our Policy and Strategy Manager, expertly steered the group, and we’re now finalising the objectives that the team will take forward as work streams.
The priorities for tackling fuel poverty in Bristol include:
- How can we better identify those people who need support?
- How can we improve the quality of Bristol’s housing, particularly in the private rented sector?
- How can we better join up services that already exist in the city?
- How can we better engage customers in vulnerable situations, who are less likely to switch? More support is needed to get them onto better, cheaper tariffs.
Laura Penny, Policy and Strategy Manager, said: “This was a really engaged and productive first meeting for the steering group. We've now started mapping a 10 year action plan to ensure no one in the city suffers a cold home. We have a fantastic group of organisations working together on this, but are keen to involve interested parties from all sectors.”
We can’t solve fuel poverty overnight, but we can make a difference. And Bristol Energy has a big role to play alongside other key agencies in the city.
If your organisation would like to work with us to help tackle fuel poverty, please get in touch with our Policy and Strategy Manager, Laura Penny.