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S5W-11003: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 30 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-10734 by Kevin Stewart on 28 August 2017, what action it has taken to embed the evidence referred to into the policy framework of national programmes, including Home Energy Efficiency Programmes (HEEPS).

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 14 September 2017

Later this year we will also consult on a new fuel poverty strategy which will seek views on how to strengthen relationships with local and national partners to deliver better health outcomes to those who are in, or at risk of being in fuel poverty.

As part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) we are also testing new ways of forging closer partnerships with local health and social care providers and organisations through our rural based HES Homecare pilot. These new and existing partnerships make reaching the most vulnerable people easier and more effective, particularly in remote and rural areas.

Health is well embedded within our current fuel poverty programmes as they are focused on vulnerable and low income households which tend to contain higher levels of elderly residents or those with a long term sickness and disability.