Warm Up North

CAP and Warm Up North

Supporting Local Communities and Tackling Rural Fuel Poverty

CAP’s flexible approach supported two very distinct projects in the North East; Warm Up North’s Community Challenge and the Community Energy Agents programme which resulted in thousands of householders, many in hard to reach rural areas benefitting from the programme.

Warm Up North: Household Fuel Poverty

Using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) definition of fuel poverty and figures produced by DECC 2012), nearly 12% of householders in the North East are in fuel poverty which equates to nearly 135,000 households.


Warm Up North is an initiative between the Local Councils in the North East and British Gas for energy efficiency, created to help households throughout the North East to save money and stay warm. Employing a local team, energy advisers, assessors and installers they are committed to delivering a range of energy efficiency into homes.

Reduce Fuel Costs for all

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

Community Engagement

Encourage Local Authorities to address the issues of inefficient housing in their constituencies.

Reduce energy consumption

Awareness raising and reduction of energy usage in the home with the use of survey results and subsequent resident action plans.

Solutions & Deliverables

The action plan developed with Warm Up North and Community Action Northumberland (CAN) sought to meet the objectives outlined above by;

  • Liaising with Warm Up North to develop the 'Community Challenge' programme.
  • Providing awareness raising sessions to local organisations in support of the Community Challenge.
  • Providing training and support for Energy Agents as part of the Community Energy Agents project with CAN.


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.

Are You A Stakeholder?

If you’ve been inspired by the CAP programme and would like to discuss how NEA can support your activities, just get in touch.

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