Getting Smart about Data
We are pleased to announce our upcoming NRFC Stakeholder Forum
April 23rd 9-11am, Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons
The National Right to Fuel Campaign is delighted to announce our forthcoming Parliamentary stakeholder forum, Getting Smart about Data. Getting Smart about Data is the second, in a series of policy debates, organized by the NRFC, which are looking at ways in which the UK could provide affordable and clean energy by becoming smarter about our energy policy.
The recent use of data matching to target the Warm Home Discount at pensioners demonstrated that data matching can help to create a more efficient and cheaper delivery mechanism. This means that more money ends up in the pockets of hard-pressed households, rather than being paid to expensive contractors.
Last year the NRFC published our Smart Meter report; a report which has subsequently led to Government reform of the £12billion Smart Meter roll out. Getting Smart about Data will provide Government Ministers and advisers the opportunity to work with the NRFC and its partners to assess the arguments, for and against, taking powers in the Energy Bill 2012 to allow data matching for priority groups. This stakeholder forum will, we hope, be the first step in enabling a range of stakeholders to present their views around the benefits, or otherwise, associated with using personal data held by Government departments (for example, the department for Work and Pensions) to target help at households who are at risk of or vulnerable to fuel poverty.
The event is hosted by Alex Cunningham MP and sponsored by RWE Npower. Speakers include representatives from Consumer Focus, Age UK, Islington Council and National Energy Action.
If you wish to join us at this timely and forward-looking forum, please don’t hesitate to contact our event organiser, Fiona Gardner on 020 7592 9490 ([email protected]).