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North East Best Practice Warm Zones. Colin White Energy Officer Newcastle City Council. The Warm Zone Approach. 5 Pilot Zones launched 2001 across England Each Warm Zone is an independent entity, controlled by a central not-for-profit company (Warm Zones Ltd)

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north east best practice warm zones

North East Best PracticeWarm Zones

Colin White

Energy Officer

Newcastle City Council

the warm zone approach
The Warm Zone Approach
  • 5 Pilot Zones launched 2001 across England
  • Each Warm Zone is an independent entity, controlled by a central not-for-profit company (Warm Zones Ltd)
  • Systematic structured street by street assessment
  • A strategic zone approach, allowing more effective ward marketing, targeting & street level participation
  • Multi-disciplinary approach with national and local partners.
  • The co-ordination of different Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency schemes.
  • Delivery driven
north east warm zones
North East Warm Zones
  • Stockton (Transco / BGT)
  • Northumberland (npower)
  • Redcar & Cleveland (Transco / BGT)
  • Newcastle (Transco / Scottish Power)
  • Gateshead (Transco / Scottish Power)Project currently under development
  • Other Zones and Associated Projects
  • Hull (npower)
  • Sandwell (npower)
  • Newham (EDF)
  • East London (EDF)
  • Neath Port Talbot (Transco Warm Wales/npower)
  • Beat the Cold: Stoke/N. Staffs (Renew)Project currently under development
stockton facts
Stockton Facts
  • Original pilot zone 2001: 3 year project
  • Stockton on Tees BC area: 73,000 homes
  • 51,000 assessments completed
  • 15,052 homes improved
  • £340,000 in extra benefits delivered
  • The most successful of the 5 pilot models
  • Work continuing in the “Comfort Zone”
northumberland facts
Northumberland Facts
  • Original pilot zone 2001: 3 year project
  • Northumberland CC + six 2nd tier Councils, rural :136,000 homes
  • 67,333 assessments completed at March 05
  • 13,430 homes improved
  • £131,000 in extra benefits delivered
  • Major geographical & partnership challenges
  • Warm Zone work continuing
  • Developing multi-agency approach
redcar cleveland facts
Redcar & Cleveland Facts
  • Spin off from Stockton: 2002 for 3 years
  • Redcar & Cleveland BC: 58,000 homes
  • 44,187 assessments completed
  • 12,234 homes improved
  • £749,000 in extra benefits delivered
  • ESF trainee project – Contractor placement
  • Additional measures – Central heating & Solar Water
  • Linkage with separate able to pay scheme
  • Post Warm Zone to be decided
newcastle facts
Newcastle Facts
  • Launched 2004: 4 year project
  • Newcastle City Council area: 120,000 homes
  • All tenures including an ‘Able to Pay’ scheme
  • 10,795 completed assessments to March 05
  • 3,539 homes improved to March 05
  • £260,000 in extra benefits delivered
  • Integrated ESF trainee project
newcastle background
Newcastle Background
  • Multiple funding sources:ScottishPower, Transco, Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle, NRF, New Deal for Communities, Health Through Warmth, EST, ERDF, + others under progress
  • 30 ‘back-to-work’ ESF trainees employed each year
  • Enhancing & partnering existing projects
  • Benefits checks, claims support advice & home visits
  • Able to pay scheme
  • Central heating grants
  • Health survey
  • Revisiting wards to maximise penetration
  • Expanding partnership remit
gateshead developments
Gateshead Developments
  • Prospective new WZ in Gateshead: 2005
  • Gateshead Council area: 89,727 homes
  • Development by GC, GHC, Transco & WZL
  • Preferred EEC partner (ScottishPower)
  • Business plan for GC approval in May
  • All tenures including ‘Able to Pay’ scheme
  • Target start date: October 2005
summary
Summary

* Note: Improved includes insulation & heating but excludes CFLs

wzs in the ne conclusions
WZs in the NE: Conclusions
  • All NE WZs a major improvement over ‘BAU’
  • Draws in significant additional funding
  • Able to enhance existing schemes
  • Adaptable to local circumstances
  • Best results where LA /WZ partnership is strong
  • WZ not panacea for Fuel Poverty and HECA
  • Post WZ requires planning
  • WZ principle of structured strategic approach has a significant impact
warm zone contact details
Warm Zone Contact Details

www.warmzones.co.uk

[email protected]

Colin White

Newcastle City Council

[email protected]

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