Date lodged: 16 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to tackle fuel poverty, in light of the Glasgow Centre for Population Health's recent study.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 January 2017
The “GoWell” research confirms our argument that rising fuel prices, beyond the Scottish Government’s control, can outweigh any potential gains we make by improving energy efficiency.
Whilst we welcome the news that almost 100,000 fewer households were in fuel poverty in 2015 compared to the previous year, we know there is much more work to be done. The Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force published final reports on 24 October 2016. The reports collectively made over 100 recommendations and we will publish a formal response shortly. Both reports are the first step in the development of our new fuel poverty strategy, including a new fuel poverty target, which we will consult on later this year.