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Cabinet Decision: 12th July 2018
Title of Item/Report
Affordable Warmth Outcomes
Record of the Decision
Consideration was given to a report on the Affordable Warmth Outcomes 2017/18.

Levels of fuel poverty had been increasing across the UK as energy prices rise and household incomes were squeezed. It was an issue that still affected 9,907 (12.3%) of households across Stockton-on-Tees and there were also persistent inequalities between wards and Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs).

The inability to keep warm at home was more than just a comfort issue; it had a real measurable impact on health and wellbeing. Promoting affordable warmth and tackling fuel poverty remained at the top of the agenda in Stockton-on-Tees and the Affordable Warmth Strategy directed an approach to prioritising key issues, and delivering interventions to address them.

During the winter 2017/18 the Council had:

- supported 287 households through the Warm Homes Healthy People Programme
- assisted 206 households through Energy Champions
- have saved an estimated 41,000 for 231 households through the Big Community Switch
- brought in 616,499 of additional income for 354 vulnerable households through various programmes
- Began delivery under a 1.6 m consortium scheme to bring first time central heating systems to fuel poor households

RESOLVED that the report on outcomes to tackle fuel poverty in vulnerable households be noted.
Reasons for the Decision
To recognise the efforts of partnership working aimed at tackling fuel poverty and promoting affordable warmth across the borough of Stockton-on-Tees.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Declared (Cabinet Member) Conflicts of Interest
Councillor Ann McCoy declared a personal non prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 14 - Affordable Warmth Outcomes as she was a member of SDAIS.
Details of any Dispensations
Date and Time by which Call In must be executed
Midnight, 20 July 2018.

Date of Publication: 16 July 2018

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