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Fuel Poverty in Newcastle. Newcastle Homeless Forum 1 March 2012. Outline. What is fuel poverty? Causes of fuel poverty Newcastle picture Current delivery. Fuel Poverty. “The inability to afford to adequately heat the home”.

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Fuel poverty in newcastle

Fuel Poverty in Newcastle

Newcastle Homeless Forum

1 March 2012


Outline

Outline

  • What is fuel poverty?

  • Causes of fuel poverty

  • Newcastle picture

  • Current delivery


Fuel poverty in newcastle

Fuel Poverty

“The inability to afford to adequately heat the home”

  • A household is in fuel poverty if more than 10% of income is spent on heating the property to adequate levels


Causes of fuel poverty

Causes of Fuel Poverty

  • Rising fuel prices

  • Low household income

  • Poor thermal efficiency

  • Cold, damp & unhealthy homes


Energy price pressures

Energy Price Pressures

Average online direct debit £1,078

  • Energy prices have risen

  • sharply

    • gas +86%

    • electricity +39%

      (DECC 2001 - 2010)

  • Too many choices

    • supplier

    • payment method

    • tariff

  • Major concerns

    • fuel debt

    • self-disconnection

Average direct debit £1,149

Average standard credit £1,247

Average prepayment meter £1,228

Figures 09/11/11, based on average ‘medium’ annual consumption of 16,500kWh gas and 3,300kWh electricity for a 3 bedroom semi-detached property.


Latest price rises and cuts

Latest price rises (and cuts!)


Fuel poverty in newcastle

Where the heat goes


Fuel poverty in newcastle

Indoor temperature & health


In newcastle s 120 000 homes

In Newcastle’s 120,000 homes…

  • £1,247 average fuel bill (2012)

  • 40% residents have a health issue

  • 30% are fuel poor (Nov 2011)

  • 14.16% excess winter deaths (2009/10)


Delivery of measures

Delivery of measures

  • Newcastle Warm Zone

  • Health Through Warmth

  • Warm Front

  • Modern Homes

  • Helping Hands


Delivery of energy advice

Delivery of energy advice

  • Energy Centre

  • Newcastle Warm Zone

  • Energy Saving Trust

  • Utilities

  • Home Heat helpline

  • Consumer Direct


Financial assistance

Financial assistance

  • Warm Home Discount

  • Social tariffs (EDF and Eon)

  • Winter Fuel Payment

  • Cold Weather Payments

  • Income maximisation

  • Debt advice


Fuel poverty in newcastle

Nine-year-old Luke put down his feelings on how his home was affecting his wellbeing:

I feel cold and sad I haven’t got any heating My home is cold and damp Water runs down the wall And it makes my bed wet My fingers draw on the window It’s like fog I try to pull the cover over me But it does not work

End Child Poverty, 2008


Contact details

Contact Details

  • phone: 0191 278 3427

  • email:

  • energy@newcastle.gov.uk

  • web:

  • www.newcastle.gov.uk/energycentre


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