NEA Cymru, in partnership with SWALEC, is pleased to invite you to join us for the forthcoming Wales fuel poverty conference taking place in Cardiff on Thursday 22nd January 2015.
With winter fast approaching and many Welsh households start to think about turning the heating up in their homes – spare a thought for those families in Wales who cannot afford to turn the heating up, or even afford to put it on in the first place. With more and more families throughout Wales struggling with everyday living costs such as energy bills and food - what are the solutions to address the particular issues in Wales? The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to input their views and opinions on the solutions Wales needs to adopt if it is going to make a significant difference to the lives of the 1 in 3 Welsh households in fuel poverty.
Whilst the Welsh Government has overall responsibility for fuel poverty, the reasons why a household is in fuel poverty ie low incomes, cost of fuel, inefficient homes are a complicated mix of reserved and devolved powers, and delegates will be updated on the increasingly divergent policy approaches which can be found across the UK.
With a general election taking place in May 2015 representatives from the main political parties in Wales will be outlining their party’s plans to address rising energy bills for consumers in Wales. What policies would they put in place to ensure energy is affordable and with growing numbers of people experiencing fuel debt and self-disconnecting, how can we reduce energy inequality? How can we address the growing divide between the haves and have nots?
In addition, the conference will discuss the role that community energy can play in addressing fuel poverty and share best practice solutions and practical projects to assist low income households. Workshops on solutions for rural fuel poverty; reducing excess winter deaths in Wales; fair deal for pre-payment customers; and solutions for tackling fuel poverty in the wider poverty context will be showcased.
Who Should Attend?
All sectors with a remit in developing policies and programmes to deliver on fuel poverty should attend including policy and decision makers, energy companies, regulators, representatives from local government, housing associations, politicians, academics, health practitioners, voluntary and not for profit organisations.
It provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts, challenge their views, share best practice and help inform and develop solutions for Wales.
If you want to see an end to fuel poverty in Wales and want to influence the solutions - then this conference is not to be missed.
Benefits of attending
- Fuel poverty policy context across the UK
- Open floor discussion
- Political debate on addressing the growing divide between the haves and have-nots
- The role of community energy generation in addressing fuel poverty
- Exhibition of products and services
- Keynote address
- Informal networking opportunities
- Workshop discussions