Tackling fuel poverty - now & post-Covid

by SHAP (Fuel Poverty campaign) in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Tackling fuel poverty - now & post-Covid

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SHAP's 'Warm Homes Save Lives' fuel poverty action plan can be realised to eliminate the number of households in fuel poverty in the W. Mids

by SHAP (Fuel Poverty campaign) in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

A heartfelt 'thank-you' to those who donated to this cause.


Warm Homes Save Lives

Help us reach our target and continue vital work

Around 304,000* households are living in fuel poverty in the West Midlands alone.

We're asking 50,000 people to give as little as a £1 to raise bridging funds to enable our visionary 'Warm Homes Save Lives' proposals - already well-developed - to be transformed into a live, adopted Implementation Plan to help West Midlands fuel-poor households. And to show central government that these plans are ready for adoption and implementation by devolved authorities, contributing significantly to alleviating fuel poverty.

This level of fuel poverty persists despite decades of investment to reduce numbers. Fuel poverty blights lives and communities, pulls the economy down and contributes to continuing cycles of poverty and health inequalities. Fuel poverty is not a single issue with a single solution. 

Factors leading to fuel poverty are complex - SHAP's 'Warm Homes Save Lives' proposals recognise this and are designed to keep people out of fuel poverty .

£50k is needed to develop the vision and the practical implementation of the proposals. We'll be using these funds to work with not-for-profit organisations to develop a new and better way of supporting people living in fuel poverty:

  • Local Authorities – role and opportunity development  - £15k 
  • Supply chain – helping kick start the local economy - £10k
  • Health, wellbeing, social care and third-sector agencies – effective working and integration -£15K
  • Universities – assessing impact - £5k
  • Housing Associations – role and opportunity development - £5k

The SHAP proposals have been developed by a focused group of sustainable housing experts, and will play a crucial part in helping the West Midlands tackle fuel poverty - and create a scaleable implementation model to inspire and help other regions take similar action against fuel poverty. 

The potential to help is enormous

but we need 'bridge funding' in order to keep going with this work and get the plans adopted and implemented by local authorities.

1591692492_fp_pound_coins.jpgTo start addressing this properly we have to continue our work to convince central government to make £50m available for fuel poverty alleviation in the West Midlands, each year for the next 3 years - £150m in all. 

Post-Covid recovery: synergies with the health, social care, energy system transformation and construction and skills agenda have all been identified in the proposals and are recognised in the implementation model - influencing positive outcomes and impact as we all  #BuildBackBetter post-Covid.

SHAP will be co-ordinating the funded work through its West Midlands Fuel Poverty  Working Group.

Every £1 counts! Please give if you can and Share this campaign to your friends and contacts.

Read the 'Warm Homes Save Lives' proposals here (on SHAP's website).

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* BEIS figures 2017

Let's make 'Tackling fuel poverty - now & post-Covid' happen

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