In the past I have campaigned hard for more to be done to alleviate fuel poverty in the UK so I would like to invite local people to get involved in this year’s NEA Community Action Awards.
The Community Action Awards aim to reward projects throughout England which demonstrate excellence in the field of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency.
The awards are looking for community groups to come up with innovative ways of tackling fuel poverty across vulnerable or hard to reach groups such as the elderly or disabled.
The scheme is supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas and offers 15 prizes of up to £3,500 to develop local energy-saving projects.
Winners will also receive additional financial and practical support to run a community engagement event to showcase their project and share best practice with others.
In 2012 over 4 million people were in fuel poverty in the UK. The government has introduced several policies to help the problem, such as the Green Deal and Smart Meters and this number is falling but more action is needed. With the help of innovative members of the public we can help make fuel poverty a thing of the past.
No person living in the UK should have to fear whether they will survive the winter months and no one should have to make the choice between buying food and heating their home.
That is why I whole heartedly support the Community Action Awards and I hope you will get involved too.