Power Partners funds fuel poverty organisations

17 March 2022

Sixteen fantastic organisations have been awarded nearly £300,000 of funding through Round 5 of the Power Partners scheme.

The successful organisations will share a total of £292,607 in a significant boost to their efforts to combat fuel poverty and empower people to reduce their energy use and understand their bills. Many projects will bring energy advice to existing services such as mental health support, disability advice and food banks. Particular groups targeted in this round of funding include: young carers; people from Black, brown and other minority ethnic communities; refugees; and vulnerable tenants in the private rented sector.

The Power Partners fund comes from UK Power Networks (UKPN), the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London, and is administered by CSE. The funded groups come from withing the UKPN area.

CSE's Bridget Newbery said "This is the largest number of groups that have received funding through any one round of Power Partners. There are so many people experiencing fuel poverty whose situation has has been exacerbated by the pandemic and winter gas crisis, and it's to UKPN's credit that they are supporting organisations tackling this desperate problem."

All the funded organisations attended a welcome webinar with CSE and UK Power Networks in January 2022. This session offered the new groups a formal introduction into the programme, and an opportunity to network with each other.

The Round 5 funded groups are ...

Advice for Renters will launch a leafletting campaign to engage with low-income private tenants living in properties with poor energy efficiency (rated E or lower) across the London borough of Brent.

Age Concern Luton will offer outreach and in-depth assistance to vulnerable older people to maximise access to support and entitlements to address and offset the negative impacts of fuel poverty.

Age UK Waltham Forest will reduce fuel poverty and associated cold-related ill health issues and improve the financial situation of older people.

Brighton Housing Trust Sussex will work with vulnerable tenants, young people, former homeless people, tenants on low incomes and digitally excluded to manage their energy bills, be more energy efficient and work towards independent living.

Bonny Downs Community Association will launch a drop-in Energy Advoacy Surgery during their weekly food bank to support disadvantaged adults with income maximisation, tariff-switching and in-depth appointments.

Community Drug and Alcohol Recovering Services will train an Energy Advice Worker to be based at their mental health café and deliver fuel poverty and energy saving advice workshops.

Children and Families Ltd will expand their fuel and water home advice to reach all struggling families in Swale with practical advice, 1:1 meetings and water/energy saving items.

Community Energy South will up-skill community energy groups in Essex to deliver fuel poverty and energy resilience projects.

Ipswich Disabled Advice Bureau will train an Energy Advisor so people with disabilities can receive more in-depth advice.

Limehouse Project will support residents from Black, brown and other minority ethnic communities in Tower Hamlets to better manage their energy use and expenditure.

Lofty Heights will remove barriers faced by vulnerable people living in cluttered homes  that prevent them accessing heat upgrades and energy saving measures.

OVESCO will deliver energy awareness program across the Ouse Valley region to support and empower coastal communities, particular vulnerable households, to manage their energy use.

Public Voice will connect vulnerable people living in fuel poverty in Haringey with advice services.

South East London Community Energy Co-operative (Selce) will deliver energy advice in different languages to support non-English speakers to reduce their utility bills.

Surrey Community Action will deliver an information and advice service to support people in or at risk of fuel poverty.

Voluntary Norfolk will identify and support carers and isolated people across Norfolk who are at risk of, or facing, fuel poverty.

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