Free Webinars Fuel Debt Advice

Free places are available to frontline staff and volunteers that regularly encounter those in or at risk of fuel poverty – i.e. essentially those on a low income / in a vulnerable situation and who are struggling to manage their household bills?   Free courses will only be available to non-commercial organisations. 

Delivered across three webinars this course aims to provide an understanding of the causes of fuel debt, issues householders may face with meters, fuel statements, payment and tariff options. It also considers consumers, private landlords and fuel suppliers obligations, as well as complaints procedures and support available for low-income and vulnerable households. 

Webinars are delivered live on Zoom by expert tutors to small groups to ensure a good level of interaction and support for learners.  Participants will require a device with camera and sound.

 
Course Objectives: 

  • causes of and identify solutions for fuel debt 
  • customer, supplier and private landlord responsibilities 
  • how to read meters, fuel statements and rectify common billing errors 
  • suppliers’ customer service processes and complaints procedures 
  • tariff and payment options, Warm Home Discount Scheme, grants and other forms of assistance – including trusts and hardship funds 

 
Course Content:

  • The causes of fuel debt 
  • Electricity, gas meters and recording consumption 
  • Consumer, private landlord and fuel supplier’s rights and responsibilities 
  • Tariff and payment options 
  • Fuel statements 
  • Common billing errors 
  • Definitions of vulnerability used by the energy industry 
  • Contacting the supplier and complaints procedures 
  • Switching 
  • Help available to low-income and vulnerable families – including Priority Services Register, Warm Home Discount Scheme, trust and hardship funds 

 
Assessment: 
 
To gain a Level 2 City & Guilds qualification an option assessment is now available. This consists of an open book exam which will take a maximum of three hours to complete. Candidates are encouraged to use their course hand-outs to help complete the exam. 
 
 
Webinar Dates: 

The full course consists of three webinars, learners must attend all three sessions to complete the course and take the exam. Each session is 2.5 hours.

10, 11 & 12 November (AM) 

17, 18 & 23 November (PM) 

24, 25 & 26 November (AM) 

25, 26 & 27 November (AM)   

Learners will be asked to join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time in order to register. 
 
Group sessions are also available to organisations wishing to train a group of their staff / volunteers. Email Tracy - tracy.norris@nea.org.uk

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