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									                            Community of Interest – Fuel Poverty
                              North and West Belfast Locality

                                         Tuesday 28 June 2005

Pat Austin                          NEA NI
Jonna Monaghan                      Belfast Healthy Cities
Elaine McMeekin                     NIHE
Maureen Kerr                        NIHE
John Corkey                         Environmental Health Manager, Public Health
Pam Tilson                          Age Concern
Bernadette Duffy                    EAGA
Nichola Fraser                      Investing for Health
Una McConnell                       DSD
Fiona Meenan                        Health Promotion, North and West Trust
Andrea Heaney                       NEA NI
Mimi McAlinden                      Investing for Health

Gary Ballantyne                     NIHE

1. Introduction

Set the context for the local community of interest on fuel poverty. A
little of the locality planning had been started at the action workshop at
Downpatrick on 24 May 2005. The locality community of interest would
be building on this work to develop local action and stronger
connections across the community, voluntary and statutory sectors to
achieve affordable warmth.

2. National Energy Action NI and IFH

NEA described the organisations interest in fuel poverty and the health
and wellbeing links. 2000 people annually dieing prematurely through
cold damp homes is a stark statistic. In leading the area community of
interest NEA want to champion the need for stronger inter-sectorial
partnership working to address fuel poverty.

At a local level the organisation would want to share learning and
experience of work with a wide range of programmes and projects to
positively influence the strategy and action programmes. A number of
current programmes were shared with the group.

3. To what degree warmth?

Andrea Heaney discussed with the group the information and statistics
that are relevant to North and West Belfast, based on Belfast wide data
as it is difficult to break the information down to a local level (updated   IFH
version of report attached). Profile information would indicate that it’s
the single adult, the lone older person and the lone parent who are
most vulnerable to fuel poverty.

A wide range of issues were discussed within the presentation and by
the group. These included:
 % of homes fuel poor – 4 in 10 households
 Decent home standard
 SAP rating for houses
 Condensation effects on health and indoor air quality
 Energy efficiency training
 Awareness raising programmes and identification of needs with a
    vast range of organisations, key staff, personnel and community
 Fuel poverty households in North Belfast
 Need for an inter-sectorial approach to addressing fuel poverty as
    the issue is complex and impacts on the wider issue of Anti-
    Poverty, mental health and emotional wellbeing, reaching full
    potential and a number of healthy choice issues

There was consensus in the group that fuel poverty is a complex issue.
There is a need to keep an eye on all related factors but also a need
for the locality community of interest to identify a starting point.

4. May 24th workshop – mapping fuel poverty needs

The typed version of the locality fuel poverty map, developed on 24
May, was circulated along with a summary and future action sheet
(papers attached).

The discussion on the locality mind map generated much sharing of
information on existing training and awareness programmes on energy

NIHE have two members of staff trained in each district office in energy

Other organisations have some people trained and are considering
future training needs.

There are a number of existing training programmes provided by NEA

Health Promotion Agency NI is currently piloting a toolkit for health
professionals, which might be of use in a number of settings after it has
been evaluated.

Some local projects to address fuel poverty have developed training
and awareness raising elements as part of the projects. Examples of
these are the Warming Up project in South and East Belfast Trust area
and Northern Neighbourhood Programme.

A future action could be to look internally within organisations to raise
awareness with key personnel who visit homes on affordable warmth
issues and how they might be able to signpost clients to some of the
support and services that could benefit them.

A suggestion was put forward for an action project to facilitate an
increase in benefit uptake – 1 in 3 older people do not pick up means
assessed benefits. Further discussion on this subject indicated that it
might be possible to link an energy efficiency measures project in
North Belfast to the benefits up-take project.

Measuring success – it was pointed out that indicators for success of
the action project should be identified at the start of any project.

Full consideration should be given to the evaluation of an action
programme and this built into any proposal for funding.

A promotional element of energy efficiency might also be incorporated
into a funding proposal for the locality e.g. something similar to the
energy efficiency light bulbs project in Inner London.

Linked to any action based project or training and awareness
programme is the development of a sound communication strategy. A
communication strategy should identify:
 The key organisations involved in the development of affordable
    warmth in the locality

 The key people who can assist with awareness raising
 The ways that organisations can increase internal and external
  communication on fuel poverty and affordable warmth
 The ways in which the general public can become more aware on
  energy efficiency issues
 What messages should be used to increase understanding of
  energy efficiency issues – how could these be publicised?
 What training and awareness programmes are available to assist
  with locality work on fuel poverty
 How can the various organisations and groups strengthen
  communications between them to maximise the resources used to
  address fuel poverty

5. Moving forward

Three areas for action were agreed on.

1. Training and awareness programmes

Scoping and collating what is already available
Who offers the training?
Who is it offered to?
Costs if appropriate                                                 Paul
Identification of target groups for training and awareness raising   Maureen
The following people agreed to meet to begin to draft this work.
Paul Wallace (in his absence was nominated)
Maureen Kerr
Bernadette Duffy
John Corkey

The outcome will be discussed at the next meeting.

2. Communication Strategy

Draft aims and objectives to be developed along with key areas and
routes for communications.

The following people agreed to meet to begin to draft the work:
Jonna Monaghan                                                       Jonna
Fiona Meenan                                                         Fiona
Mimi McAlinden                                                       Mimi

The outcome will be discussed at the next meeting.

3. Action Project incorporating benefits up-take work and energy
efficiency measure

Draft proposal for funding to be worked up.

The following people agreed to work on the proposal:
Pat Austin                                                               Pat
Andrea Heaney                                                            Andrea
Una McConnell                                                            Una
Mimi McAlinden                                                           Mimi

The outcome will be discussed at the next meeting.

Any other business

John told the meeting that the Environmental Health District Officers,
through their regional group, were sending out a questionnaire to find
out what is currently happening in each of the council areas.

Mark Corbett from NEA is to be invited to the next meeting.

Next Meeting

Date:             Monday 5 September 2005
Time:             2.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue:            Conference Room 2, EHSSB


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