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An estimated 31,100 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2012-13, a 29% increase compared with the previous winter.

In 2012 there were 2.28 million households in England in fuel poverty – representing just over 10 per cent of all households. It was forecasted that in 2014, the number of households in fuel poverty would increase to 2.33m.

The UK will be inundated with the need to climate change which impacts on energy costs for the whole population, it is therefore crucial that all communities adopt a social responsibility commitment for the sustainability and long term affordability of energy. The management of escalating fuel costs, which is having an adverse impact on the poorest and the least able families/communities in our society, as well as contributing to child poverty which must be tackled strategically.

Improved energy efficiency can result in immediate bill savings for households - up to £140 for cavity wall insulation, up to £205 for loft insulation, and up to £310 for an efficient boiler. In addition, by permanently reducing the amount of energy a household uses, energy efficiency insulates households from future price increases, reducing the impact of future rises in energy unit prices on overall bills.

The facts are the Green sector is good growth for jobs and could create over 400,000 jobs [source: Renewable Energy Association] by 2020, which is also linked to the Kyoto Agreement which requires all of the G8 to reduce their carbon emissions substantially or be fined 100s of millions of pounds, this in itself provides a great deal of motivation for the UK.

Community Groups partnership is an essential cornerstone of any strategy to empower grassroots communities which will facilitate direct and indirect engagement with the community organisations that can engage with the wider and or broader community including residents and participation from those who are deemed hard to reach.