Day Three: Dear David…this is what we are doing about it

Over the last four winters we have done our very best to tackle what is a hideous issue for many heating OIL users – OIL Fuel Poverty. Having completed some very important work with many charities – including AgeUK over the last winter – it was obvious that there is a massive void in the UK as no organisation exists that is dedicated completely to eradicating this one issue. Age UK’s Charity Director General, Michelle Mitchell makes the case perfectly: ‘Many of our poorest and most vulnerable older people live in the country and have little choice, but to use heating oil to keep warm. A significant number can’t afford the hundreds of pounds they have to pay up front and simply do without, often, in the coldest months of the year.’ She goes on to say that those living in the coldest homes cost the NHS over £1.3 billion – and that is just in England. In other words many see this as a massive problem, but none of the organisations that work to eradicate Fuel Poverty have the level of expertise, knowledge or even the practical resource required to specifically help those who are fuel poor and use Heating OIL. Step forward Marion Lathar!
OIL Fuel Poverty Solutions – Marion Lathar is in the midst of launching a brand new social enterprise that will act as a resource and a hub for ALL charities, social enterprises and good causes working to eradicate Fuel Poverty, but that have no specialist knowledge about those using Heating OIL. She will be stepping into a vacuum that only she could fill. It has been an extraordinary pleasure to both work with Marion and to watch her confidently gain real expertise in this subject during her four years with CBL. We know we have saved lives together in that time. Marion is about to launch something that will go on to save thousands more.  
What next? The two organisations will be completely separate, but there are many ways in which we will be able to work together as allies and I look forward to developing this on many levels this winter. Further to this we will collaborate with as many organisations as we can as we seek to eradicate this pernicious issue. No doubt when we meet you will want to collaborate with us too.