Dr Mari Martiskainen from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), together with our Dr Giovanna Speciale have received a grant from The Chesshire Lehmann Fund to investigate the effectiveness of the ‘energy shop’ model, as
a response to fuel poverty. This new research will help researchers, policy makers and the third sector to understand how community groups can reach the vulnerable and what potential impact local activities could have. Despite repeated government pledges to banish fuel poverty once and for all, it is a persistent issue affecting an estimated 2.35 million households in the UK, with several thousand people dying every year because they cannot afford to heat their homes. However, thanks to community responses, such as SELCE, new ways are emerging to address fuel poverty.
We note four emminent Doctors: Dr Giovanna Speciale from SELCE, Dr Brenda Boardman and Dr Anne Feltham, trustees of Chesshire Lehmann Fund, and Dr Mari Martiskainen, from CIED. Image by Nora Blascsok. Link to original article about the research on the University of Sussex’s website.