Date lodged: 15 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of social rent households is fuel poor, and what action it is taking to reduce this level.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 10 January 2017
The Scottish House Condition Survey indicates that around 33% of households in the social housing sector were fuel poor in 2015. This equates to around 199,000 households and is around 47,000 fewer households than in 2014.
The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aims to improve the energy efficiency of the social housing stock in Scotland. Achievement of the EESSH 2020 milestone by social landlords, will help to reduce energy consumption and to tackle fuel poverty potentially saving social tenants an estimated average of around £210 per year on their energy bills. Social landlords are making good progress with the Scottish Housing Regulator reporting that 69% of social housing met the standard at April 2016. A review of EESSH will begin early next year to consider how best to maximise progress towards the current target and any further milestones.
We have also allocated nearly £4.3 million to 10 projects through the HEEPS: Loan scheme for Registered Social Landlords 2016-17 to help RSLs improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock.