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    Study into fuel poverty challenges in Alloa

    Written by on February 7, 2020

    It’s hoped a Stirling University study will help identify challenges faced by people living in Alloa.

    Nearly a third of households in the town live in fuel poverty – that’s when more than 10% of income is spent on heating your home.

    The research will work alongside partners including Clacks Council and the Hawkhill Community Association.

    The research is being led by Dr Jen Dickie, who’s a Professor of Environmental Geography.

    She said: “The overarching aim of this project is to understand the everyday energy challenges facing disadvantaged communities and explore – through engagement, collaboration and innovative co-creation – pathways towards a healthier, wealthier and greener future for local people.”

    “The project has a number of objectives, including seeking to understand what energy use means to participants in their daily lives and the challenges and aspirations in relation to current and future energy use. It will also support the community in setting a direction of travel and identify key priorities; and engage the wider community in discussion around current and future energy use and gather feedback.

    “This offers an unprecedented opportunity for local communities, particularly those who face inequalities and significant poverty, to share their expert local knowledge or ‘social intelligence’ and aspirations to drive much needed, locally appropriate positive change.”