In the UK the lack of affordable warmth (the ability to heat your home to an adequate level for household comfort and health, without developing a debt as a result) has for some time been recognised by the term “fuel poverty”. The UK Government accepts that households needing to spend 10% or more of income to achieve adequate warmth for health and comfort are experiencing fuel poverty.
Project Achieve comes at a time when an unfavourable economic climate and rising energy prices have impacted on those groups who both traditionally and recently are, considered to be at risk of energy poverty. In 2009, the number of fuel poor households in the UK was estimated at around 5.5 million.
The ACHIEVE project will give the opportunity to review best practice and share with other areas in the UK and Europe. Project ACHIEVE is supported in the UK by Wiltshire County Council. The project will in the early stages focus in West Wiltshire. Project ACHIEVE will also support the county in the development of it's Affordable Warmth Partnership. The ACHIEVE project will begin by recruiting and training selected groups of people to refer to and deliver home visits result in quality energy advice being delivered to homes and will help reduce overall energy consumption.