Over 304,000 households are in fuel poverty in the West Midlands.
This level 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 a complex mix and programmes designed to keep people out of fuel poverty need to recognise this. Synergies with the health, social care, energy system transformation, and construction and skills agenda have been identified and are recognised in the model, influencing outputs and impact.
The SHAP proposals ‘Warm Homes Save Lives’ 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 scalable implementation model for other regions.
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.
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 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 Task Force.