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Dorchester Baptist Church

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A warm home should not be a luxury. Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially in those who are vulnerable such as older people, young children, and those with long term sickness and disabilities.

The Warm Homes Campaign report highlights that over a million families won’t be able to meet basic costs of living this winter, facing an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year (£778 per month) to cover basic essentials, including energy. Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, on low incomes and living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

There are various schemes to help people in fuel poverty; do these schemes reach those in need in rural areas? How do rural residents top up their prepayment meter with closures of bus services, village shops and Post Offices? How do we balance preserving our listed buildings with making properties more energy efficient? Is a lack of internet access and/or online capabilities also a barrier to lowering energy costs?

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David Blakemore, Committee on Fuel Poverty
David Chairs the CFP, an advisory public body which advises on the effectiveness of policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty, and encourage greater co-ordination across the organisations working to reduce fuel poverty.

National Energy Action
NEA is the national charity seeking to end fuel poverty, ensuring that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. In partnership with central and local government, fuel utilities, housing providers, consumer groups and voluntary organisations, we undertake a range of activities to address the causes and treat the symptoms of fuel poverty.

Jon Bird, Public Health Dorset
Public Health Dorset aims to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the population across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole with an emphasis on reducing inequalities in the health of those living and working in our local communities

Ella Scrymgeour, Purbeck Citizens Advice
Ella is an 'Energy Champion' working to support local Citizens Advice in the south west to deliver quality energy advice, engaging with stakeholders and identifying best practice in energy advice.

Further details will be added as speakers are confirmed

Join us to explore the challenges faced by rural residents to heat their homes.

Coffees at 9.30am for 10am prompt start. Closing at 12 noon.

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