Latest - November 2009
The Liberal Democrat councillors who are leading the local campaign against fuel poverty, have welcomed the news that the Prime Minister is planning on including an Energy Bill in this week’s Queen’s Speech.
The Fuel Poverty Campaign to protect local tenants from fuel poverty this winter has met with success.
Kingston Council has received a £975,000 grant to improve energy efficiency in council properties.
Fuel Poverty campaign kicks off
At a Council meeting in January 2009, Cllr Penny Shelton launched the fuel poverty campaign for Kingston.
The Council is already actively engaged in schemes designed to assist vulnerable households, including the elderly.
£2million was spent in 2007/08 on the 'Coldbuster Scheme' and on energy efficiency measures for Kingston's own housing stock.
Fuel Poverty Survey
Creative Environmental Network (CEN), a Partner of the Council, has been providing home visits to Kingston's most vulnerable residents, face to face assessments of need, referrals to a grant scheme and other complimentary services such as benefit entitlement checks.
It also carried out a survey to identify fuel poverty in the borough.