Fuel Poverty is a complex issue that can only be addressed successfully by a co-ordinated approach that engages with poilcy, practice and services from Health, Social Welfare, Local Government, Environment and Energy. Within the Republic of Ireland there has been a growing focus on the issue under this current government. The economic downturn and the impact of reduced social welfare payments have been compounded by the extreme weather condition being experienced across the country and has increased the expectations among service providers for the government's imminent "Fuel Affordability Strategy". Will it address the causes of fuel poverty in a comprehensive and measured way? Will it effectively target those in fuel poverty ?
Meanwhile further new policy initiatives are being rolled out in the UK and Northern Ireland that are based on a planned and reviewed programme over the last decade offers many lessons for the Irish Fuel poverty strategy. .
The objective of this first Annual Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference is to provide a forum for those working in the area to share key information, experience and perspectives so as to identify effective solutions to the fuel poverty issue. The Conference will review current policy and best practice with regard to Fuel Poverty/Energy Affordability in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Conference will facilitate dialogue between policy makers, regulators, local authorities, politicians, health experts, social researchers, building practitioners, energy companies and the various agencies supporting vulnerable people in Ireland North, South, the UK and Europe. Contact us now »
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The Conference Workshops will enable genuine discussion and debate around key issues. The Conference organisers wish to maximise the opportunity for informal sharing of views and perspectives and to that end networking, including the Evening Dinner is a key component of the conference.