Fuel poverty action groups have called for the Scottish Government to ensure that plans to force private landlords to ensure that rented homes are warm and free from damp are brought in as soon as possible as a charity south of the border warned that many people are suffering from illness and anxiety as they struggle to heat their homes. Energy Action Scotland said that while the Scottish Government is taking action to tackle fuel poverty, particularly in the rented sector, the new Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector Homes (REEP) needed to be introduced as fast as possible after a consultation next spring to help people living in cold, damp properties. Sister charity National Energy Action yesterday launched a campaign to lobby the UK Government to consider similar legislation. It said that four million households in the UK still face the problems of living in a cold, damp home, affecting their life chances. The problem is particularly acute in privately rented homes such as bedsits and hostels.
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