West Midlands Fuel Poverty Programme Proposal 2020
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Over 304,000 households are in fuel poverty in the West Midlands. This level persists despite decades of investment to reduce numbers. Fuel poverty blights lives and communities, pulls the economy down and contributes to continuing cycles of poverty and health inequalities.
Fuel poverty is not a single issue with a single solution. Factors leading to fuel poverty are a complex mix and programmes designed to keep people out of fuel poverty need to recognise this. Synergies with the health, social care, energy system transformation, and construction and skills agenda have been identified and are recognised in the model, influencing outputs and impact.
If government devolve £50 million of existing funding to alleviate fuel poverty to the West Midlands, new local delivery mechanism will ensure greater value for money for customers, more effective and efficient policy delivery and above all, more integrated outcomes for people.
Shap’s proposal will not only deliver the same fuel poverty outcomes at lower management cost, it will also deliver benefits to the health and social care system and support delivery of local industrial and climate change strategies.
Led by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Energy Capital, fuel poverty is regarded as a key priority for the West Midlands and confirmed by the West Midlands Mayor in 2018.
The West Midlands Fuel Poverty programme will bring about a systemic change to tackling fuel poverty by delivering:
- A person-centred approach to understanding the individual causes of fuel poverty,
- With a broad range of partners from the public, private and third sector,
- With a long-term view bringing a stable and reliable programme,
- Integrating the programme with other connected strategies from the health, housing, energy,
economy and sustainability sectors,
- Delivering high-quality and appropriate improvement measures,
- Learning from past successes and failures as well as evaluating its own performance across the