Fuel Poverty is a major environmental health challenge in London. One in ten households in the capital are struggling to afford to pay their energy bills and heat their homes during the winter months. To help tackle this, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has set up the Fuel Poverty Partnership, working together with experts across the health, social justice and environment sectors to guide London’s work on fuel poverty. This is part of the Mayor’s £34m Energy for Londoners programme.
London Fuel Poverty Partnership
Working across support services
The Fuel Poverty Partnership brings together stakeholders from sectors including local government, social housing, landlords, tenants, health, social care, academic, charities, energy suppliers and the energy efficiency industry. The group will not only assist the Mayor in delivering fuel poverty support but also work across support services to identify households living in fuel poverty so they can get the support they need. The Partnership will encourage all sectors and organisations to play their part and its members will act as advocates for improvements in policy and delivery.
The Mayor, London’s boroughs, landlords, charities and others in London are already doing a lot to fight fuel poverty. These efforts will be enhanced by greater leadership and collaboration across the sectors in dealing with the problem.
The Partnership is co-chaired by Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy, and Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement.
- Martin O’Brien, Association of Local Energy Officers London
- Dr Joanne Wade, Association for the Conservation of Energy
- Victoria MacGregor, Citizens Advice
- Julian Critchlow, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Audrey Gallacher, Energy UK
- Hannah Slater, Generation Rent
- Sarah McClinton, London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
- Cllr Claudia Webbe, London Councils
- Andy Hearn, London Fire Brigade
- Adam Scorer, National Energy Action
- Ruth Davison, National Housing Federation
- Dermot Nolan, Ofgem
- Prof Yvonne Doyle, Public Health England
- Andrew Goodacre, Residential Landlords Association
- Dr Mari Martiskainen, Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex
Energy for Londoners
The Mayor’s £34m Energy for Londoners programme aims to make London’s homes warm, healthy and affordable, its workplaces more energy efficient, and to supply the capital with more local clean energy. Fuel poverty measures announced so far include:
Warmer Homes – £2.5m grant funding for heating and insulation measures that help fuel poor households to keep their homes warm in winter. The scheme targets homeowners with disabilities or long-term sickness, and older people claiming eligible benefits, with up to £4,000 available per household.
Fuel Poverty Support Fund – £250,000 grant funding to the boroughs of Islington, Croydon, Kingston and Lewisham to offer advice and refer fuel-poor households to support services including income maximisation, health, and energy efficiency schemes.