Date lodged: 2 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to take to reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty.
Answered by: Angela Constance 8 November 2016
Tackling fuel poverty has always been a priority for this Government and we are using all the powers within our control to achieve this.
We have allocated over £650 million since 2009 and we will make available half a billion pounds over the next four years to tackle fuel poverty and make our homes and building warmer and cheaper to heat.
This year we are making available £113 million to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes building on the 1 million energy efficiency measures delivered through a range of UK and Scottish Government programmes to almost 1 million homes since 2008.
Our spending on domestic energy efficiency has already made hundreds of thousands of homes warmer and cheaper to heat and, as the Scottish House Condition Survey shows, has helped to mitigate the rise in fuel poverty.