Category: Fuel Poverty

  • WRAP UP LEEDS IS A SUCCESS IN ADEL &WHARFEDALE WARD

    I was really pleased to hear that recnelty published figures on the “Wrap Up Leeds” scheme showed Adel & Wharfedale had one of the highest  take-up rates across the city, pro rata to customers contacted. The free insulation scheme, awarded as a turnkey contract to Yorkshire Energy Services (YES), was launched in January 2012, and…

  • TACKLING FUEL POVERTY – UPDATED HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION ACT

    I welcome further moves by the Government to ensure local authorities continue to tackle fuel poverty and reduce CO2 emissions. The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) of 1995 has been replaced by an updated ‘Further Report’ which requires authorities to significantly improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in their area.   Leeds City Council has…

  • CO-OPERATIVE ENERGY SWITCHING

    You will have read on my website previously about the potential benefits of Energy Switching. Below is a qeustion and answer brief that you may be interested in. The Cooperative Energy Switching scheme is available city wide and Councillors have been asked to help promote this. What is co-operative energy switching? Co-operative energy switching is where…

  • COLD WEATHER ASSISTANCE

    I have been sent the information below which may be of use to you, or someone you know. Dear Councillor, The Met Office has recently issued a cold weather alert across the region with temperatures predicted to fall below -2oC. Please find below a reminder of some of the assistance available to householders during the…

  • ENERGY BILLS

    I welcome news that the Government is planning to intervene in the ongoing controversy regarding household energy bills. I really do hope that this will be the start of a much better deal for customers both in Leeds and nationally. Over the past decade household bills have doubled whilst Governments of all persuasions have stood…

  • MY GREEN LIGHT OF APPROVAL TO “GO EARLY” INSULATION SCHEME

    I am pleased about the introduction of a new pilot scheme that aims to help people increase energy efficiency in their homes. The government’s ‘Green Deal’ lets people make improvements to their homes without incurring the upfront costs of such work, and £2.59 million has been made available to the Leeds City Region to fund…

  • FUNDING FROM LEEDS PCT TO HELP WITH HEATING COSTS THIS WINTER

    I am applauding the news that around 500 vulnerable households will again receive assistance with emergency heating repairs, and additional energy saving measures, thanks to funding from Leeds Primary Care Trust. Following the success of last year’s “Warm Homes Healthy People” project, funded by the Department of Health, Leeds PCT has agreed to provide £171,000…

  • GREEN DOCTOR

    The Green Doctor is a free service provided by local Charity “Groundwork”. To take advantage of the services Green Doctor offers you need to be on a low income and either be over 60 or registered disabled or have children under 16 living with you. Following an initial assessment the Green Doctor can install energy…

  • CALL FOR COMMUNITY ENERGY INITIATIVES

    I have made an enquiry into the ruling administration’s plans on community energy initiatives at the last full Council meeting in September. The answer I received left me somewhat underwhelmed, especially given the £5m funding announcement made by Government last week to support locals authorities in delivering innovative methods of reducing the energy bills of…

  • FUEL POVERTY

    I have, for many years, voiced my concerns about the increasing levels of fuel poverty across the city.  As chair of the Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Board, I recently led an inquiry into the causes of fuel poverty.  This concluded that there are strong links between ill health and fuel poverty, which undoubtedly has…