Whether the fuel poor are getting a fair deal and the problem of cold homes is being adequately addressed is the subject of a national conference, to be opened today (Thur 3 November) by the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil.
Organised by the national fuel poverty charity, Energy Action Scotland, the two-day event in Clydebank will examine what is being done about the three main causes of fuel poverty – energy inefficient homes, high fuel prices and low household income.
In his opening address, the Cabinet Secretary is expected to highlight the Scottish Government’s initiatives to reduce fuel poverty.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Mr Neil said: “As an energy rich nation, the fact that any of our citizens is facing or living in fuel poverty is a disgrace. The Scottish Government has increased its budget this year, in the face of scathing cuts from Westminster, to increase the reach of initiatives to help those in fuel poverty and also to encourage greater energy efficiency.
“Today’s conference is an excellent opportunity for organisations and individuals to come together with solutions to tackle the root causes of fuel poverty. With the onset of winter just round the corner we must do all we can to support those within our communities most in need.”
Delegates from all sectors across Scotland and the UK will hear from a range of speakers including the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the Coalition Government’s plans for a Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, due to launch next year and shortly out for consultation.
Norman Kerr, Director of Energy Action Scotland said: “With fuel prices at record levels and the number of households in fuel poverty on the increase, we have to take every step possible to make sure this unacceptable problem is dealt with once and for all.
“Discussions at the Energy Action Scotland conference will bring together those working on policy with those delivering practical solutions and, crucially, those dealing every day with people who are living in fuel poverty. Their experiences will help inform our messages to government at all levels.”
Campaigners call for affordable energy for pensioners - 16 April 2013
Fuel poverty report card – all must try harder - 19 March 2013
Fuel Poverty Charity Welcomes Recognition of Needs of Fuel Poor - 13 March 2013
Energy Action Scotland reaction to new Scottish fuel poverty figures - 13 December 2012
Campaigns & Issues
National Award Scheme Launched
THE ELDERLY Accommodation Council (EAC) National Housing awards for Older People 2013 are now in full swing
This year will be the fourth year that the awards have been held, and they aim to put residents in older peoples housing right at the centre of the assessment and award process.
A new formula for the awards has been launched this year which combine an entertaining nomination process with a Resident Consultation and already it is proving to be a great success.
Top designer and celebrity chefs join Prostate Cancer UK in leading the fight against the disease
Prostate Cancer UK is urging the nation to dust off their vintage tea cups, grab their rolling pins, get baking and hold a 1940s themed Tea For Victory party in order to raise vital funds to help the 250,000 men in the UK living with prostate cancer.
One of Britain's most acclaimed designers and vintage supporters, Wayne Hemingway, has exclusively designed 40s-style materials, including bunting, table cloths and cake stands, available for people to use at their tea parties.
Top class celebrity chefs, including Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Levi Roots, Ken Hom, Thane Prince, Jo Pratt, Angela Hartnett and BBC Masterchef winner Mat Follas are also showing their support for Tea For Victory by creating recipes to inspire the nation. People can read these and hear more from the chefs about why they are getting involved, by visiting www.prostatecanceruk.org/tearecipes.
Competitions & Fun
Win a set of Quartet goodies - plus the DVD and Soundtrack!
Discover a warm, fun and bittersweet look at growing old disgracefully, orchestrated by a British ensemble of acting maestros, as the number one UK box office smash hit comedy QUARTET comes to Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download on 6 May 2013.
To celebrate the release, we are offering four lucky winners the chance to win a Quartet merchandise bundle which includes: a DVD, a soundtrack by Decca records, a branded gardening set and 4 packs of plant and vegetable seeds! Each pack of seeds is matched to a character. Varieties include Cayenne pepper, Tomato, Sunflower and Poppy.
Win a prize at home or away in this month's prize draw with Silver Travel Advisor!
Enter now and you could win a prize at home or away! How about a 7 night break for 2, with flights included, in beautiful Slovenia? Or a trip to London’s glitzy theatreland, staying in a 4* hotel? Both fabulous treats which must be won!
Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website packed with advice, tips, information and honest reviews written by and for silver travellers (aged over 50). A team of advisors are on hand to answer queries (for free), and you can share your own experiences too.
Health & Wellbeing
Active life for a healthier you
Active Life is a collective of friendly, knowledgeable and experienced health and fitness professionals, all of whom share a passion for helping people develop and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Based in Southend on Sea, Essex, our activities range from gentle yoga, relaxation and pilates to circuit training, exercise to music, keep fit, dance classes, running groups and Nordic walking.
We cater for all abilities, working mainly with Adults aged 50 and over but also tots to teens, mums, dads, and whole family groups.
Property & Finance
New EU Tax Would Hit Millions Of Pensioners And Investors
The EU's controversial Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) would "hit the pensions and investments of millions of hard working people" and would not exclusively target "so-called City fat cats," warns the boss of the world's largest independent financial advisory firm.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Take the 20p test for safe motoring
Most UK motorists are pretty clueless when it comes to tyre tread safety, a new survey has revealed.
The vast majority of motorists are simply unaware of the absolute minimum legal tyre tread depth for their cars or vans.
In a new nationwide survey by the breakdown service Autonational Rescue, just 38% of motorists knew that the correct minimum legal tyre tread depth is in fact 1.6 millimetres.
Flying the flag for the best English beaches
Keep Britain Tidy names England’s 147 award-winning beaches for 2013
From Whitley Bay to Clacton, Margate to Torbay, England boasts some of the best and cleanest beaches in the world.
Today, Keep Britain Tidy is announcing the winners of the 2013 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. In total 55 beaches have gained the Blue Flag and 113 have picked up the new Seaside Award (formerly Quality Coast Award).
Have you noticed that that those advocating rises in pension levels to absurd levels like this are all very much younger and have no experience of the ageing process?