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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20086: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what changes were made to its fuel poverty definition in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2014 and (d) its proposed Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill, and whether this has resulted in more or less people being in fuel poverty following each change, and what percentage this represents.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 December 2018

There have been no changes to the fuel poverty definition since it was introduced in 2002. The definition set out in the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill is the first proposed change.

Using the current definition the 2016 Scottish House Condition Survey put the proportion of households in fuel poverty at 26.5%. Under the new definition our initial analysis indicates the figure in 2016 would have been 23.8%.