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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06560: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 25 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the finding in the Scottish House Condition Survey 2015 that 52% of homes were not weather-tight, what action it will take to improve energy efficiency in houses.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 2 February 2017

The Scottish House Condition Survey Key Findings Report 2015 estimated that 52% of homes in Scotland have some disrepair to critical elements of the dwelling. The condition of critical elements is central to a dwelling being wind- and weather proof, structurally stable and safeguarded against further rapid deterioration. The presence of disrepair does not mean that a home is not wind- and water-tight. This includes fairly minor and non-urgent disrepairs.

Scottish Ministers are committed to improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes. We have allocated over £650 million to households across Scotland since 2009 and, under Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), we will make available a further half a billion pounds over the next four years to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency. This means that by the end of 2021 we will have committed over £1 billion to making our homes and buildings warmer and cheaper to heat.