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  1. Action on fuel poverty and cold homes across London Tackling fuel poverty: integrated approaches to health, energy & social justice 10 December 2013 Jane Landon Deputy CEO,UK Health Forum

  2. Presentation outline • About the UK Health Forum • Healthy Places: A tool for local action • UKHF interest in fuel poverty & health • Local evidence needs – fuel poverty • The fuel poverty & health toolkit bundle

  3. UK Health Forum • Introductions • A charitable alliance of 70 national public and professional organisations – established mid-1980s • Formerly the National Heart Forum • Funded through grants and contracts • Policy research, development & advocacy • Modelling & forecasting • Information provision & research • www.ukhealthforum.org.uk

  4. Healthy Places - A tool for local action

  5. Healthy Places - A tool for local action Themes • Access to healthy food • Active communities • Enable active travel • Alcohol control • Coming soon: Healthy Housing Key Issues Preserving green space, street play, local alcohol licensing and street food vendors New: Fuel poverty Take Action: Regulatory & policy options Case Studies: What are other communities already doing? Members’ Area: Facilitating cross-sector communication

  6. Fuel poverty & health • In 2003, the National Heart Forum produced Fuel Poverty & Health: A toolkit for primary care organisations, and public health and primary care professionals. • In summer 2013, UKHF undertook an information needs assessment of Healthy Places. • Questions on topics of fuel poverty and housing were included in the survey of Healthy Places and UK Health Forum networks to gauge interest.

  7. Barriers to using evidence “[I find it difficult] accessing academic papers (I don’t have easy access to academic databases). Also, I often find health research difficult to comprehend (I don’t have a medical background).” “I would like more access to case studies of what works and the detail of how to make it work. Biggest barrier is time constraints and information overload.” “[ I find a] lack of evidence around the health impacts of energy efficiency measures.” “There is a lot of evidence out there, so it is [about] trying to get to quality and relevant material, that is not too technical… e.g. some evaluation reports I have read.” Source: Healthy Places INA 2013 – Comparison of Groups. UK Health Forum. Full summary can be found at: http://www.healthyplaces.org.uk/about-us/whats-new/?entryid49=30868

  8. Fuel Poverty & Health Toolkit The toolkit ‘bundle’will live on the Fuel Poverty page under the Healthy Housing theme: • Fuel poverty & health toolkit document (pdf available for download) • Supplementary documents (pdfs available for download) – flexible • ‘Living list’ of resources & signposts – with active links, easy to update • Case studies– fuel poverty specific within the Healthy Places directory • Appropriate regulatory options • Fuel poverty specific news feed - members resources

  9. Fuel Poverty & Health Toolkit The document will highlight the latest evidence and the current policy framework, including: • An introduction to fuel poverty • The effects of fuel poverty and cold homes on health and well-being • The national and local policy framework • The role of Health & Well-being Boards, public health teams and health professionals

  10. Fuel Poverty & Health Toolkit The document will highlight the latest evidence and the current policy framework, including: • An introduction to fuel poverty • The effects of fuel poverty and cold homes on health and well-being • The national and local policy framework • The role of Health & Well-being Boards, public health teams and health professionals Due December 2013 at www.healthyplaces.org.uk

  11. Fuel Poverty & Health Toolkit Resources & signposts • Cold Weather Plan for England 2013 (PHE) • LGA guidance of fuel poverty for local authorities • Safe & Healthy Housing Unit – University of Warwick • The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2013 (NEA) • Winter Wrapped Up (Age UK) Case studies • Islington SHINE • Worthing Homes RELISH Regulatory options • Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (funding for improvements to housing)

  12. Thank you www.healthyplaces.org.uk @HealthyPlacesUK Healthy Places Partners: