This year’s conference is on Wednesday 17 July 2019. News and views can be found on these pages and on Twitter – @RDCconsult using #RLSP19

The theme for the 2019 Rother LSP Conference is “Aspects of Poverty”

Throughout the event there will be a live ‘blog’ published here and Tweets posted to keep everyone updated on what’s being discussed. Find out more using the links below, and follow @RDCconsult using #RLSP19 to view the topics of conversations on the day.

Following a welcome from the Chair of the Rother LSP, there will be presentations as follows:

  • Fuel Poverty and Renewables: Energise East Sussex and the East Sussex Fuel Poverty Coordinator
  • Financial inclusion and food poverty: Head of Financial Inclusion at Optivo
  • Staying well and safe / exploitation: Modern Slavery Community Coordinator for Hastings & Rother

This will be followed by three breakout groups based on the themes of the presentations.

After the conference, the LSP executive board use the feedback to develop the action plan for the year, which will be published on this website.

You can view the 2018 Conference De-brief Report and Action Plan here:

Chairman's welcome

Martin Fisher, Chair of the Rother Local Strategic Partnership, welcomes the delegates to this year’s annual conference, which is to focus on ‘Aspects of Poverty’. Martin takes a look at what has happened throughout 2018/19 since the last conference and introduces today’s agenda and speakers; Kate Meakin, Energise East SussexLouise Trenchard, East Sussex Fuel Poverty CoordinatorVanessa Biddiss,…

Fuel Poverty Reduction Pathways

Louise Trenchard, the East Sussex Fuel Poverty Coordinator take the delegates through fuel poverty in Rother, including.  Causes of fuel povertyWho is at riskExcess Winter DeathsImproving energy efficiency lead to health, social and community benefitsEast Sussex Energy PartnershipEast Sussex Winter Home Check ServiceNHS Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group Healthy Homes Programme Louise’s presentation is available…

Financial Inclusion & Food Poverty

Vanessa Biddis, Head of Region for Sussex Neighbourhoods at Optivo explains the issues with Food Poverty in Rother in comparison with other areas across England, looking at statistics and data for: Child povertyPensioners in povertyUnemploymentHealth inequalityIndex of multiple deprivationAge and generation profilesHousehold group types Kelly Collette, Financial Inclusion Manager at Optivo takes the delegates through…

Stop the Traffik

Laurie Church, the Modern Slavery Community Coordinator for Hastings and Rother explains her role and East Sussex’s response to modern slavery through the Stop the Traffik campaign. Laurie takes the conference delegates through statistics around the following themes; Exploitation & vulnerabilityRecruitmentChallenges & BarriersSigns & IndicatorsHelp & Advice The full presentation is available to download below.…

Q&A session

Lots of questions are being asked by the conference delegates via the app, many of which were answered by the Chair and guest speakers. These include; How will the actions from last years LSP conference around housing help people in fuel poverty in the targeted areas?How do get a community friends group in every…

Discussion groups

The delegates signed up to two of the three available workshops. The points raised throughout include: Group 1: Fuel Poverty / Renewables Discussion about energy switching – some people find it overwhelming, but it is simpler than changing internet provider. If unsure people can speak to an Energy AdvisorPiecemeal nature of interventions can be an…

Next steps and closing remarks

Julie King, Vice Chair of the Rother LSP gives her closing remarks on this year’s conference, thanking the facilitators and speakers. Julie covered some of the topics raised throughout the morning, thanking all the delegates for their input. The questions posted on the event app will be reviewed by the Rother LSP Executive Board…