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1 Affordable warmth Causes and remedies for the private rented sector

2 What is affordable warmth? The ability to heat your home to an adequate level for household comfort and health, without developing debt as a result. The lack of affordable warmth is known as fuel poverty. Households that need to spend 10% or more of their income for adequate warmth are experiencing fuel poverty.

3 The affordable warmth partnership for Gloucestershire The partnership was launched in 2001, with the aim that all homes would be warm homes by 2016. The partnership has forged valuable links to realise this aim The revised strategy states that The local authorities of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire, in partnership with the Severn Wye Energy Agency, the health, community and private sectors, will tackle fuel poverty and provide affordable warmth by 2016

4 The size of the problem In England as a whole, in September 2008, NEA estimates that 19% of households were in fuel poverty. In September 2008, the number of households in fuel poverty in the South West was estimated by NEA as 433,000, or 19.9% of all households.

5 What is affordable warmth? Landlords: reasonable cost to install and maintain. Tenants: the cost to keep warm

6 Factors affecting affordability Type of heating system Age and efficiency of boilers Existence of controls Insulation and ventilation Structural integrity of building Location and orientation of building

7 Intervention Grants Advice and Information Enforcement (by the local authority)

8 Warm Front Tenant, not landlord, must be eligible Insulation measures available Provision of heating where none exists

9 Gloucestershire Warm and Well Tenant, not landlord, must be eligible Insulation (loft and cavity) Replacement gas boilers Full gas heating systems where funding available Additional discount for insulation when landlord applies via Rent Warm, Rent Well

10 CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) From fuel suppliers Focus is on insulation measures NOTE: Measures available to all, not exclusive to the customers of particular fuel suppliers

11 Communication is key All grants need landlord approval and tenant co-operation for access Effective communication between landlord and tenant is essential

12 Grant advice for all grants For free and impartial advice on ALL grants, as well as signposting and referrals, contact the Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre for the South West Ring 0800 512 012 NOTE: ESTAC advisors can advise on local authority grant variations

13 How to spread the word During visit Website Municipal offices Health centres Targeted mail shots Targeted inspections Landlord forums

14 Decent Homes Standard Meets the current statutory minimum standard for housing Health and Housing Safety Rating System HHSRS Is in a reasonable state of repair; has reasonably modern facilities and services; provides a reasonable degree of thermal comfort with efficient heating and insulation.

15 Decent Homes Target for social housing to meet the standard by 2010 Gloucestershire LAA target NBE(1) Number of private sector dwellings occupied by vulnerable people made decent

16 Enforcement In April 2006 the Housing Act 2004 replaced the old housing fitness standard with the Housing Health & Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

17 Potential Hazards A - Physiological Requirements EXCESS COLD B - Psychological Requirements C - Protection Against Infection D - Protection Against Accidents

18 Harm Outcomes Class 1 Death from hypothermia & cardiovascular & respiratory illness, regular severe pneumonia. Class 2 Cardio-respiratory disease requiring hospitalisation Class 3 Cardio-respiratory disease not requiring hospital Class 4 Regular repeated colds and minor chest infections

19 What is Excess Cold? A healthy indoor temperature is around 21 o C A small risk to health begins below 19 o C Serious health risks occur below 16 o C Below 10 o C Hypothermia begins.

20 HHSRS Hazard Rating Calculation gives a rating for each hazard expressed as a numerical score. Scores are then banded into 10 bands A to J. A to C (>1000) - Category 1 hazards. D to J (<1000) - Category 2 hazards.

21 Excess Cold Hazard Average scores Pre 19201,066ACat 1 1920-451,035ACat 1 1946-79880DCat 2 Post 1979664DCat 2 Average scores for HMOs are higher

22 The Ideal for insulation Cavity walls should be insulated. –Post 1930s housing usually has cavity walls. Loft insulation ideal is 250-270mm (can be more!) Less than 150mm can be topped up. Hard to Treat insulation Sloping ceilings and solid walls

23 The Ideal for heating Ideal is whole house fixed heating Heating must be controllable and the controls understandable Appropriate heating systems : –Storage heaters in well insulated dwellings –solid fuel unsuitable for older people –portable heaters are not a heating system

24 Alternatives to central heating In living rooms and bedrooms, a 3kW (or equivalent) appliance with thermostatic control and programmer/timer (on appliance or system) but must provide adequate heat output Use following websites to calculate required heat output:- nstalled_heating/how_much_heat_do_I_need. nstalled_heating/how_much_heat_do_I_need.

25 Problems Landlord reluctance Hard to treat properties Hard to reach occupiers

26 Action Plan for Tenants Get advice Speak to landlord Apply for grants If all else fails…… Contact L.A if enforcement action needed. (The Housing or Environmental Health department is usually the best department to speak to)

27 Action plan for landlords Get advice Speak to tenants Decide whether tenant or landlord to apply for grants Apply for grants

28 Questions If you would like further information, please contact Julie Wight Environmental Health Manager Gloucester City Council 01452 396320

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