Greater Manchester

CAP in Greater Manchester

Meeting Local Needs

Developing and delivering a plan across a large geographic area that was able to satisfy local needs was the challenge in Greater Manchester. CAP enabled individual local authorities to identify the support they needed most but with the added benefit that CAP experiences and learnings could be shared across boundaries.

Greater Manchester: Household Fuel Poverty

Using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) definition of fuel poverty and figures produced by DECC 2012), over 12% of Greater Manchester householders are in fuel poverty which equates to over 130,000 households and the North West is ranked the 2nd highest region for fuel poor households in England at 12.5%


Around 80% of Greater Manchester’s 1.1 million homes are more than 40 years old and highly energy inefficient. It is anticipated that four out of five of these buildings will still be in use in 2050 according to a recent review of fuel poverty in Greater Manchester.

Reduce fuel costs for the fuel poor

Grants and subsidies checklists for key workers to assist those in receipt of key benefits.

Increase awareness of available support

Promotion and awareness of the British Gas social programmes and energy efficiency measures.

Reduce fuel costs for all

Grants and subsidies checklists for key workers to assist those who are not in receipt of benefits.

Solutions & Deliverables

The Community Action Partnership with GM will provide a wide range of practical support to GM’s local authorities and its partners to progress affordable warmth activity across the sub-region. In line with developing and existing initiatives, its key objectives will be to support activity to:

The action plan developed with local authorities in Greater Manchester sought to meet the objectives outlined above by;

  • Producing bespoke detailed 'Fuel Poverty & Health' reports and working with local partners to present to Health & Wellbeing Boards.
  • Shadowing frontline staff to assess and review advice and make recommendations.
  • Training Environmental Health Officers on the Housing Health & Safety Rating Scheme (HHSRS).
  • Delivering energy awareness fuel debt/ health training packages to frontline staff.
  • Providing 4 x NEA's City & Guilds accredited Energy Awareness training and 2 City & Guilds accredited Fuel Debt Advice in the Community courses.
  • Scoping the feasibility of engagement and awareness raising to pharmacists.
  • Developing and delivering residents Energy Champion training courses.
  • Developing and delivering bi-annual Fuel Debt Advice Network meetings for advice agencies involved in the provision of fuel debt advice.
  • Producing a quarterly electronic Fuel Debt Advice Bulletin for fuel debt workers.


Over the duration of CAP, we're proud to report the following accomplishments:


Community Events


People Reached


Stakeholders Reached


Frontline Staff Trained

Leading The Fight

We really proud of what the stakeholders and ourselves have managed to achieve. Making a difference in communities of interest by working together to tackle fuel poverty. Our hard work has allowed us to better understand community needs and build relationships between residents, community leaders, local authorities and charities.

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