Helen Coates's Posts (7)

Assurance Report

You will find your Assurance Report at Annex 3 of your Grant Agreement, but it is also on the resources page of the website and the link above. 

 

The Assurance Report is to be completed by your organisation’s chief financial officer, head of organisation or independent accountant.  The Assurance Report is to confirm that as part of the Big Energy Saving Network project, your activities and reporting requirements are true and accurate: you have complied with the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement; and have incurred expenditure of £5,000 per Champion or more.

 

The report also asks that if you have not incurred expenditure of £5,000 that you either return the remaining funds or do not submit a claim for the outstanding additional payment.   

Please submit your Assurance Report by the 29th March 2017 via the BESN inbox – besn@decc.gsi.gov.uk  Please put the name of your organisation and your BESN reference number in the subject box of your email.  

 

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End of Project Planning

We are nearing the end of the project for 2016/17, so it’s time to get a few things in order.

 

Delivery of your Big Energy Saving Network project must be completed by the 24th March 2017, please do not include delivery after this date in your final report. We will be sending out the Survey Monkey link for the final report next week.

 

It looks like most organisations are going to meet their targets for the year, but if you are concerned that you might not reach your targets, if you haven’t already done so, please get in touch so we can have a chat.

 

Before we can release the final payments, we need to have the following in place:

  • You have fully achieved both your Consumer Engagement and Frontline Worker targets for your project
  • You have submitted your final report by the 29th March 2017
  • You have submitted your organisations Assurance Report by the 29th March 2017
  • You have submitted a BESN case study by the 29th March 2017

 

Please submit your documents by the 29th March 2017 via the BESN inbox – besn@decc.gsi.gov.uk   Please put the name of your organisation and your BESN reference number in the subject box of your email. 

 

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December Report – deadline 11th January 2017

Hello and Happy New Year! 

Your BESN Monthly Summary is due covering the period of December 2016. The monthly summary must be compiled and submitted by 11th January 2017.

 

This summary must be submitted via SurveyMonkey.  Please follow the link below and submit your report – you will need to submit this in one sitting as you are unable to save!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y57XPXC

 

 

All evaluation documents including the reporting guidance can be found on the BESN Website.

 

Please also note that once this Survey has been completed you cannot access a copy, so do ensure that you complete and retain BESN4 - Monthly Summary for your own record.

If you have any questions about submitting your report - please email besn@decc.gsi.gov.uk 

 

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Warm Home Discount Schemes

Hello, 

I have been advised that both the E.On and the Ovo Warm Home Discount Broader Group schemes have now closed for 2016/17.

The E.On page is saying that you can still register people for next year, but not for but 2016/17 - https://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-home/saving-energy/need-little-extra-help/warm-home-discount

The Ovo page is saying that they are accepting applications, but when you click on the link to make the application, you get a message saying the scheme is closed. https://www.ovoenergy.com/ovo-answers/topics/payments-and-statements/payments/what-is-the-warm-home-discount.html

I hope this is helpful - keep me posted if you hear of anymore schemes closing so we can keep everyone up to date. 

Thank you!

Helen 

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Interim Report – Deadline 7th December

Hello,

The second BESN Monthly Summary is due covering the period of November 2016. The monthly summary must be compiled and submitted by 7th December.

For this report we are asking you to provide information for the activities you have delivered in November, but we are also asking you provide information as to the confidence you have for delivering the project and meeting your targets.  Please do let us know if there are any issues with a project so we can get in contact and provide any assistance we can. 

This summary must be submitted via SurveyMonkey.  Please follow the link below and submit your report – you will need to submit this in one sitting as you are unable to save!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9WWS876

All evaluation documents including the reporting guidance can be found on the BESN Website.

Please also note that once this Survey has been completed you cannot access a copy, so do ensure that you complete and retain BESN4 - Monthly Summary for your own record.

Please only submit data for which you can provide evidence, we audit 10% of projects so you may basked to provide evidence and supporting documents for your report.  

Thank you!

Helen 

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Smart Energy GB in Communities

Hello,

When we have been looking through the reports you have been submitted for delivery in September and October, we can see that you are doing a lot of work around smart meters and helping vulnerable households about the the choices involved with installing a smart meter.  We therefore thought it might be helpful for you to have a bit more information about National Energy Action's (NEA) work that might help you support your community with advice about smart meters. 

Smart Energy GB in Communities, which is being delivered by a consortium of charities led by national fuel poverty charity NEA, is part of Smart Energy GB’s consumer engagement campaign helping to inform and inspire people about smart meters and the positive changes they can bring.  Through Smart Energy GB in Communities NEA is partnering with regional and local organisations from the voluntary, private and public sectors, to engage hard to reach individuals and help them understand how they can benefit from smart meters.  The focus for 2016 is on partners who work with the following priority groups:

  • District heating customers
  • Lack of proficiency in English or Welsh
  • Lacking basic digital skills
  • Learning disability
  • Low literacy
  • Memory impairment
  • No personal internet access
  • Off-gas grid customers
  • Prepay customers
  • Private tenants
  • Severe or profound deafness
  • Social housing tenants

If you work with any of these groups and would like to find out more about becoming a partner in the campaign or receiving a FREE staff briefing on the smart meter roll-out, please contact communities@nea.org.uk. NEA can also provide information about potential grants, training and resources to support your organisation’s engagement with the campaign.

There is more information in the attached flyer: Smart Energy GB in Communities

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Practical Information and Networking Workshops

These events are to provide information and support to help you deliver your Big Energy Saving Network project, there will be speakers from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, energy tariff switching sites and previous champions with lots of helpful tips about helping people save money on their energy bills.

If you have yet to book onto these sessions please contact Lynsey Thompson to reserve a place – lynsey.thompson@nea.org.uk; telephone: 0191 269 2931. If there are others amongst your organisation who will be supporting your delivery, such as volunteers, they are also welcome to join the sessions.

Registration will begin at 10:45 and the session will finish at 15:00. 

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