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Affinity Sutton all set for Fuel Poverty training

19 September 2012

United Sustainable Energy Agency is set to deliver a series of fuel poverty training sessions to Affinity Sutton Group front-line staff.

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The aim of the session is to ensure all attendees are able to:

  • Understand what fuel poverty is, who is at risk and what are the causes;
  • Be able to recognise fuel poverty indicators over the phone/in the home/ in the community; 
  • Know about and recognise the resources developed by Affinity Sutton Group to tackle Fuel Poverty;
  • Know the options for referrals.

Fuel Poverty is particularly relevant to the Affinity Sutton Group with a high percentage of their homes occupied by single person households, many of which are aged over 60 or unemployed  –  groups more likely to be in fuel poverty. 

Latest data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows that we are well off the targets set eradicating fuel poverty and that current trends don’t seem to be promising. Approximately 20% of households in the UK are still fuel poor (just under 5 million), with this figure rising to 36% for single person households.

One of the Affinity Sutton Group responses to tackling fuel poverty among their residents is EnergyFit, a programme aimed at increasing awareness of residents on how to heat their homes more efficiently and reduce their bills. This has led to the development of a toolkit which includes leaflets and stickers with energy saving tips, ‘how to’ guides for heating systems, and room thermometers. 

The training sessions, currently being developed by the United Sustainable Energy Agency, are expected to be delivered by the end of October through a series of half-day workshops in the Affinity Sutton Group offices of Bromley, Holmes Chapel, Haywards Heath and London.  

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Training session

Introduction to Fuel Poverty Workshop

A one day workshop aimed at key frontline workers, volunteers and advisors who have regular contact with the public particularly those who are vulnerable to fuel poverty.

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