Home energy efficiency improvements are having a positive impact on health
New research shows for the first time how Welsh Government funded home energy efficiency improvements, aimed at low income households, are having a positive impact on health.
Findings published yesterday in the Fuel Poverty Health Data Linking report show lower health service use among people who had benefited from the Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest scheme.
The study used NHS data to compare the health service use of people who had benefited from Nest home energy improvements and a control group who were eligible for improvements, but were still waiting for these to be completed.
The research found GP events for respiratory illness fell by almost 4% for those who had benefited from Nest improvements, while these rose by almost 10% in the control group over the same period.
A similar pattern was found in relation to asthma events, with a 6.5% decrease in the recipient group and a 12.5% increase in the control group for the same period.
Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said:
“These findings show not only is our successful Warm Homes Nest scheme helping to reduce energy bills while reducing emissions, but is also having a positive impact on the health and well-being of some of Wales’ most vulnerable households.
“This is why I am pleased we are continuing to invest in home energy efficiency improvements for low income houses and have committed £104million over the next four years to improve up to 25,000 more homes through the Welsh Government Warm Homes Programme.”
Minister for Public Health and Social Services, Rebecca Evans added:
“The Well-being of Future Generations Act requires public bodies to work together to improve well-being, and to create a healthier Wales. This research is encouraging as we work to collaborate with communities to improve health and well-being and think differently about the way we deliver services. Preventing ill-health is much better for the individual than treating it.”
Professor Ronan Lyons, Associate Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC-W), based at Swansea University Medical School, said:
"We are delighted that ADRC-W has again been able to assist the Welsh Government in its analysis of how the Warm Homes Nest scheme has affected Welsh homes and the health of the people living in them.”
The emerging research findings have been used in the development of the new Warm Homes Nest scheme and as a result eligibility for a package of free home energy efficiency measures has been extended to low income homes with members suffering from respiratory and circulatory conditions.
ESRC Chief Executive, Professor Jane Elliott, added:
"The project findings demonstrate the power of linked administrative data for research and policy evaluation and provide robust evidence to inform more cost-effective program delivery and services to improve people's health and quality of life in Wales. The ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Network is supporting many other important research projects across the UK that provide evidence on a range of social and policy issues that can only be answered by linking government administrative data.”
Latest News from
Environmental and biodiversity projects benefit from more than £1million of Welsh Government funding22/05/2019 14:05:00
Projects improving access to parks, developing walking and cycling routes and boosting biodiversity across Wales are set to benefit from more than £1.1million of Welsh Government funding.
Ground-breaking Global Centre of Rail Excellence in Wales a step closer22/05/2019 11:10:00
Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates has told Assembly Members that plans for a world-leading rail testing complex have taken a huge step forward.
New regulatory regime for fire safety in high-rise buildings to be developed – Julie James22/05/2019 09:05:00
Welsh Government will reform the system regulating fire safety in high-rise buildings.
New Welsh approach to youth justice and female offending launched21/05/2019 16:25:00
Guidance on a new approach to youth justice and female offending in Wales has been announced today.
“Wales could lead the world in helping nations support at-risk languages” – Eluned Morgan21/05/2019 16:05:00
Wales could become a global leader in helping nations support at-risk languages following its own success in growing the use of the Welsh language, the Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, Eluned Morgan will say today.
Improving people’s lives through digital transformation21/05/2019 11:05:00
The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd, Rebecca Evans will today encourage digital leaders and experts from across the Welsh public sector to get involved and help transform Wales into a leading digital nation.
Male nurse heads ‘Train, Work, Live’ campaign20/05/2019 14:05:00
A male nurse will be the leading face of the Welsh Government’s nursing recruitment drive.
The best in Welsh education revealed at 2019 Professional Teaching Awards20/05/2019 09:05:00
10 inspirational teachers and education professionals have been revealed as winners at the third Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.
Ken Skates takes first-hand look at Conwy Valley line restoration work20/05/2019 09:05:00
Transport Minister Ken Skates has visited Llanrwst to see the repair work taking place to the damaged Conwy Valley line.
£1 million for museums, archives and libraries in Wales17/05/2019 14:05:00
In addressing the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales Annual Conference yesterday, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord-Elis-Thomas, announced that museums, archives and libraries in Wales will benefit from nearly £1 million Welsh Government capital funding to develop and enhance their facilities and services.