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S5O-01373: Kate Forbes (Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how the price of energy for householders and the number of fuel-poor houses in Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch compares with the rest of the UK.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 October 2017

Energy statistics from the UK Government show that in 2016 electricity customers in the North of Scotland paid 8-9% more than the GB average per kilowatt hour.

Fuel poverty rates are not available at Parliamentary Constituency Level. However, the latest local authority level data from the Scottish House Condition Survey shows that on average, over the period 2013-2015, 56% of households in Highland were in fuel poverty compared to 34% for Scotland as a whole. The Scottish House Condition Survey sample for 2015 indicated a slightly lower figure of 31% for Scotland, but this is based on a single year’s sample.

It is not possible to directly compare Scottish fuel poverty levels with the rest of the UK due to differences in definitions of fuel poverty, as figures for England are calculated on a different basis to those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Scottish Government is committed to tackling fuel poverty, wherever it occurs in Scotland, and to ensuring that everyone in Scotland lives in a warm home that is affordable to heat. We are delivering the 2016 Programme for Government commitment to make half a billion pounds available over the next 4 years and, by the end of 2021, we will have allocated over £1 billion pounds since 2009 on tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency.