Date lodged: 28 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages collaborative working between it, local authorities, NHS boards and other agencies to identify people who are fuel poor or at risk of fuel poverty.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 14 March 2017
We recognise the value of a locally led, collaborative approach in tackling fuel poverty and it is something we have been supporting through our HEEPS: Area-Based Schemes. We are keen to build on this approach and will work with local authorities, NHS Boards, health and social care partnerships, Community Planning Partnerships and others to explore ways to do so.
Representatives from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Public Health Network are members of the Fuel Poverty Forum and we will work with them to build on existing and, if necessary, develop new local partnerships alongside wider joined-up approaches. This will build on the progress already made, in particular with NHS Health Scotland who, in response to our Fairer Scotland Action Plan, has recently pledged to work in partnership with NHS Boards to develop national referral pathways between NHS services and local advice services to maximise the incomes of patients.