The fall in the level of fuel poverty in Scotland, as announced today (6 December) is welcome news in that the figure is moving in the right direction and means fewer people are living in cold, damp homes compared to the previous year. But unfortunately the change does not signify ‘job done’ as the new figure for 2015 is still higher than the first ever measurement of fuel poverty in 1996. Norman Kerr, Director of the national fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland said: “Just last month the statutory duty under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 for the Scottish Government to eradicate fuel poverty expired and the target was missed. Two working groups were tasked to advise Scottish Ministers on their next steps and they have made over 100 recommendations. It is now vital that the Scottish Government uses this advice to develop a new strategy, set a new fuel poverty target and increase funding for its programmes in the upcoming Budget Statement. “The progress to date on solving the problem of cold, damp and unaffordable to heat homes must not be lost, but can and should be built upon.”
Energy Action Scotland 6th Dec 2016 read more »
The new figures show that fuel poverty has dropped from 34.9% in 2014 to 30.7 in 2015 with around a third of the decrease due to home energy efficiency measures and half due to lower domestic energy prices.
Scottish Energy News 7th Dec 2016 read more »