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Scottish Fuel Poverty Report Recommendations

Two independent reports, providing detailed recommendations for improving Scotland’s approach to tackling fuel poverty, are to be considered by Scottish Ministers

The reports, by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, were published on 24 October. The Strategic Working Group has made four high level recommendations, including that a revised fuel poverty strategy must address all four drivers of fuel poverty: income, energy costs, energy performance, and how energy is used in the home.

 

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group report made four high level recommendations:

- The fuel poverty strategy should be firmly based on the principle of social justice and creating a fairer and more equal society.

- The fuel poverty strategy must address all four drivers of fuel poverty: income, energy costs, energy performance, and how energy is used in the home.

-Strong leadership and a joined up approach across several portfolios within national and local government are required to develop and implement the strategy.

- The Scottish Government should review the current definition of fuel poverty and establish a policy objective and monitoring programme that addresses all four causes of fuel poverty.

 

The Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force report set out three guiding principles, with recommended actions, on which it believes Scottish Government should base and develop an affordable warmth strategy. These are

- Fairness and social justice should be every household’s right wherever in urban or rural Scotland they happen to live

- All vulnerable households should receive the most effective practical help and support they need to keep their homes warm and at a cost they can afford

- The progress made by Scottish Government in its strategic approaches to eliminating fuel poverty from peoples’ lives should be set within a statutory framework for delivery which is rigorously measured and held to annual account by the Scottish Parliament.

 

The reports were published alongside a Scottish Government research paper on the likelihood of being fuel poor in rural Scotland. This is to help identify and target households in rural Scotland who have a high risk of being in fuel poverty.

 

26 October 2016

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