Programme – Wigan 2016

To be held at the Pier Centre, Wigan
on 15 July 2016

Homing In On Cold Homes

Please note that this is a draft programme and we reserve the right to change any aspect of the event or programme where necessary.

Time Speaker
(Exhibition set up is from 08:00)
From 9:00 Registration, tea & coffee and Exhibition viewing
10:00 John Kolm-Murray – ALEO National Chair
Chair’s Welcome and Update – ECO 3 and life after Brexit
10:20 Steve Barnard – National Business Development Manager, Park Home Insulations
Sponsor’s address and park home insulation
10:50 Andrew Champ – Executive Director of Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA)
Reducing risks of external wall complaints
11:10 Tea break & exhibition viewing
11:25 David Weatherall – Director, Future Climate
Reaching agreement for energy efficiency improvements in flats
11:45 Lord Peter Smith – Leader of Wigan Council and Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board
How tackling fuel poverty contributes to improving health and wellbeing, and reducing demand on health and social care services
12:05 Carolina Valsecchi – Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
Consultation on the Future of the Energy Company Obligation
12:25 Q & A session
12:45 Lunch & exhibition viewing
13:35 Workshop Session 1
(See below for workshop details)
14:35 Break / changeover / exhibition viewing
14:50 Workshop Session 2
(See below for workshop details)
15:50 Close


Please note that delegates will only be able to attend two of the three workshops.

Workshop A: Data and ECO 3

Facilitator: Debbie Haynes – Oxford City Council

In the light of the recent ECO 3 consultation, this workshop will examine the kind of data that may be required to help Councils successfully target fuel poverty and associated funding. Using Oxford City Council’s experience with the EDIS project, this will introduce delegates to the data behind ECO 3 and fuel poverty, and help them understand that which they have at their fingertips. It will also discuss the balance between the sensitivity and geographical area coverage of data and relative data protection requirements. Delegates will be introduced to the innovative EDIS tool, illustrating detailed mapping to target fuel poverty / ECO funding more effectively. A webinar may be offered after the event if delegates express a further interest in this.

Workshop B: Fuel Poverty and Health

Anees Mank – Lead for Housing and Regeneration, Wigan Council
Kate Steen – Senior Public Health Practitioner, Wigan Council
Leanne Elsworthy – Public Health Officer, Wigan Council
Karen Spencer – Agency Manager, Wigan Borough Care & Repair
Kate Eckersley – Senior Marketing Officer, Dyson Energy Services

Wigan Council’s Affordable Warmth Access Referral Mechanism (AWARM) began operating in the Wigan borough in 2008. AWARM delivers Recommendation 2 – to ensure there is a single-point-of-contact health and housing referral service for people living in cold homes – of the NICE Guidelines NG6 on excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes.

This interactive workshop will explore the practicalities of resourcing, commissioning and operating AWARM, including:

  • Making an invest-to-save business case for funding
  • Getting political and senior management support
  • Engaging with health colleagues
  • Incorporating an academic evaluation from the start
  • Training front line referrers
  • Marketing, promoting and targeting
  • Running a two-way referral mechanism
  • Conducting healthy home checks
  • Funding and installing heating and insulation measures

Workshop C: Stakeholder Engagement

Facilitator: Rachael Mills, SE2

This workshop will be a masterclass in how to map and prioritise the stakeholders in your fuel poverty / energy efficiency project, giving you a taster of how powerful and relevant stakeholder engagement can be.