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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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