A summit is being held in Corby to find ways to help people overcome and avoid fuel poverty.
Corby Council in partnership with the Community Law Service and Electric Corby Community Energy will be hosting the summit on Thursday, March 14, which will be attended by representatives from the care, housing, welfare, voluntary and community sectors.
Speakers will discuss fuel poverty’s impact on the health and well-being of residents in the borough and will look at practical solutions to providing affordable warmth.
It also aims to identify and support Corby households at risk of fuel poverty.
Affordable warmth schemes available in Corby, such as the newly-launched Electric Corby Community Energy, a not-for-profit initiative by Electric Corby, the borough council and Green Energy UK, to deliver a fairer energy deal for homes and businesses, will also be discussed.
The partnership worked together to secure a share of £5m Government funding to establish the community energy programme.
Nick Bolton, project manager at Electric Corby, said: “With a fair price electricity offer that’s not just 100 per cent green but also helps to fund local community projects, Electric Corby Community Energy is great for individual residents and businesses and great for the borough.
“By directly benefiting the local community and making our offer available to anyone, regardless of how they currently pay their bill, we aim to reach the 80 per cent of people who have yet to feel the benefit of switching their electricity supply and to make Corby a greener place in the process.”
The summit is being held in Corby Council chamber in the Cube and the speakers will include Kate Barbier of Cheaper Energy Together (Department of Energy and Climate Change), borough councillor Peter McEwan, the council’s interim chief executive Norman Stronach, Dr Brenda Boardman of the Environmental Change Institute, Sam Mudd of the Community Law Service, Denise Marsdon of Flourish and Northants Warm Homes Partnership, Joe Dickinson and Mr Bolton of Electric Corby Community Energy and Doug Stewart of Green Energy UK.
Cllr McEwan said: “With the continued pressures of the increased cost of living we want to ensure that our local organisations have all the information and advice that they need to be able to help the most vulnerable in our community who could be facing the risk of fuel poverty.
“It is not acceptable that some of our residents may struggle to heat their homes and they need to be given the right support. With programmes such as the Northants Warm Homes Partnership and Electric Corby Community Energy we hope to give them practical solutions for affordable warmth.”
For more information please go to www.electricorby.co.uk/communityenergy or phone 01536 388026.