NEF fuel poverty fighters scoop national award

28th January 2015

The National Energy Foundation is celebrating after its project 'Prescribing Efficiency: Supporting Residents towards Healthy Housing' has received a national Community Action Award.

The Community Action Awards, which are run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas, recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households.

The National Energy Foundation's award of £1,500 has helped to deliver the Better Housing Better Health project in Oxfordshire which improves the properties of patients identified by the health service as being at high risk of suffering adverse effects which could be exacerbated by immediate, cold living conditions.

 

Dale Hoyland, Local Authority Services Manager at the National Energy Foundation, said:

“Times are tough for many residents, even in a relatively affluent county such as Oxfordshire. The links between cold, damp homes and poor health are well-documented; we want to do what we can to both alleviate fuel poverty and ensure the good health of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable residents. The award from NEA is gratefully received and will help us to progress the project to the stage of delivery, hopefully attracting the funding required to enact significant positive change, reducing the strain on health-care services.”

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA, said

“Nearly 21,000 households in Oxfordshire are experiencing the impacts of fuel poverty. The work of agencies such as the National Energy Foundation is vital to help tackle the issue of fuel poverty and I’m delighted that they have won a Community Action Award. I would like to thank DECC and British Gas for supporting the initiative."

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:

“Across the country, people are creating their own local energy-saving projects, helping to tackle fuel poverty and warming more homes for less – and these awards are a testament to that good work. We’ve already taken action to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy warmer homes and cheaper bills, with £2.15 billion spent on Winter Fuel Payments this winter alone and installing energy efficiency measures in over one million homes.”