Cardiff


CAP in Cardiff

A Full Programme of Activity

Cardiff Council and its partners fully embraced the objectives of CAP which initially supported the updating of the City’s affordable warmth action plan and the subsequent delivery of a wide range of activities. Beneficiaries ranged from students to private and social housing tenants to frontline staff.

Cardiff: Household Fuel Poverty

Using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) definition of fuel poverty and figures produced by DECC 2012), over 30% of Welsh householders are in fuel poverty which equates to 386,000 households. In total there were 1,850 excess winter deaths in Wales of which,130 were in the Cardiff Council Local Authority area in 2012/13 according to the Office of National Statistics.

Challenges:

Identify and assist vulnerable homes

Develop referral tool to enable frontline workers to easily refer and signpost vulnerable clients to fuel poverty help.

Improve rental sector

Focus on empty properties in private and social housing between lets and longer term to improve their energy efficiency.

Adhere to ECO Targets

Using funding from the Welsh Government enable front line workers to locate genuine residents and actively improve their homes via grants and subsidies.

Solutions & Deliverables

The action plan developed with Cardiff Council and its partners sought to meet the objectives outlined above by;

  • Re-establishing and supporting the affordable warmth steering group to update the City's action plan to tackle fuel poverty
  • Delivering a stakeholder workshop to secure input form a wide range of organisations into the Community Action Partnership programme
  • Delivering energy awareness training packages to frontline staff.
  • Delivering energy awareness training packages to letting agents and private landlords.
  • Developing & delivering a referral resource for frontline workers.
  • Developing training for elected members.
  • Providing introductory sessions on fuel poverty and fuel debt to Student Support Services.
  • Supporting students with information and advice at a local community event.
  • Supporting residents with information and advice at Cardiff's Winter Fair and at local community events.
  • Producing a resource guide on fuel poverty, energy efficiency and help available in Cardiff.
  • Producing a leaflet for private sector tenants to raise awareness of fuel poverty and to signpost to help and support available.
  • Producing a statistical resource sheet for members of the Cardiff Affordable Warmth Steering Group.
  • Developing and delivering a workshop with NEST partners.
  • Raising awareness of the benefits of partnership working through a response to the consultation on the Energy Efficiency Strategy.
  • Developing a 'welcome pack' for social housing tenants.

Accomplishments

Over the duration of CAP, we're proud to report the following accomplishments:


7

Community Events


801

People Reached


1234

Stakeholders Reached


204+

Frontline Staff Trained

Leading The Fight

We really proud of what the stakeholders and ourselves have managed to achieve. Making a difference in communities of interest by working together to tackle fuel poverty. Our hard work has allowed us to better understand community needs and build relationships between residents, community leaders, local authorities and charities.


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