Date lodged: 24 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to eliminate rural fuel poverty.
Answered by: Angela Constance 31 January 2018
This Government has always prioritised tackling fuel poverty, and is committed to ensuring that everyone in Scotland, no matter where they live, lives in a warm home that is affordable to heat.
We are currently consulting on a new, long-term fuel poverty strategy, including a new definition of fuel poverty, which takes account of the recommendations of the Rural Fuel Poverty Taskforce, and will inform the Warm Homes Bill that we plan to introduce to Parliament later this year.
We are on track to deliver our 2016 Programme for Government commitment to make half a billion pounds available for fuel poverty and energy efficiency over the 4 years to 2021, and by this date we will have allocated over £1 billion since 2009 to support these issues.