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‘Warm for life’ An investigation into the effectiveness of the winter fuel payment system as a means of tackling fuel poverty and the delivery of an ‘invest-to-save’ winter fuel payments pilot project.


Recent research and political debate have demonstrated that there is concern regarding the eligibility criteria for winter fuel payments and the lack of restrictions on how the money can be spent by recipients. The warm for life pilot project was developed by Norwich City Council and National Energy Action (NEA) to help address these concerns by trialling a specific project methodology that would allow households to receive a £100 incentive if they agreed to invest their 2008 winter fuel payment in a variety of energy efficiency measures. Any money not invested would then be used to pay the household’s energy bills or credit their energy supplier account.