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LSE Housing and Communities Event
The Great British Refurb Workshop

40% energy reduction in homes and communities by 2020 -
Can we do it?

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2009
Location: The Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE
Cost: £75 with reductions for second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation. Reductions available for those unable to pay the full registration fee.
Contact: Nicola Serle. Email: Tel: 020 7955 6684


The UK government has announced an ambitious programme to upgrade all our existing stock of 25 million homes by 2030, cutting at least 60% off our energy bills. This would involve upgrading 25,000 homes a week! Yet we are very far from putting in place either the advice, the funding or the technical support that is needed to householders to achieve this.

At the same time, the UN Copenhagen Summit looms and the UK Government has committed itself to cutting energy in the immediate future, 20% by 2020, and by more if other countries sign up. We know that energy saving in buildings will get us 50% of the way towards our target, and we know that energy saving in buildings is straightforward if only people know how.

These are the challenging topics we will be debating on the 8th December with leading government representatives, German experts, funding bodies and active practitioners. The workshop is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, The Grantham Institute for Climate Change, the World Wildlife Fund, the Existing homes Alliance, the Higher Education Innovation Fund 4 and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
For further information please contact Nicola Serle at LSE by email or by calling 020 7955 6330.

News Posted: 11 November 2009      [Back to the Top]

Report Launch
Soup Runs in Central London: The right help in the right place at the right time?

This report - written by Laura Lane and Anne Power of LSE Housing and CASE - aims to provide an independent and objective perspective on soup runs in the London Borough of Westminster. A broad understanding of soup run has been used throughout - to include any mobile food distribution service operating primarily to serve the homeless within the borough.

The issue of soup runs in Westminster has become a contentious and controversial issue with strong advocates both for and against their operation. For some, soup runs are a valuable, life-saving resource that help to feed and support rough sleepers and other vulnerable people. For others, soup runs represent an outdated, poorly targeted and uncoordinated service that supports and sustains damaging street lifestyles. We wanted to find out whether and how soup runs in Westminster fitted into the commitment of the Government to provide 'the right help, in the right place at the right time'.

Soup runs in Central London:'The right help in the right place at the right time?' By Laura Lane and Anne Power, July 2009.

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News Posted: 10 July 2009      [Back to the Top]

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