Fuel Poverty

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 scaleable implementation model for other regions. 

We seek funding to support crucial work to get these practical proposals adopted and implemented

We need funds to continue work 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.

£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.

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.

304,000 West Midlands homes in fuel poverty

Access the SHAP Proposals on fuel poverty: ‘Warm Homes Save Lives’:

Resources: SHAP’s Fuel Poverty Webinar, 29 May 2020

Audio recording from Fuel Poverty Webinar (presentations start at 4mins:35secs into the recording)