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S5W-21377: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its report, Fuel Poverty: Scottish Government response to working group reports, whether it will confirm which of the recommendations that were made by the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force in the report, Delivering affordable warmth in rural Scotland: action plan, it has (a) endorsed, broken down by the progress being made with the implication of each and (b) rejected, broken down by reason.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 19 February 2019

The Scottish Government’s response to reports by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force set out the range of actions underway to address the recommendation they made. Since then we have put in place further actions to address many of the recommendations.

For example, we consulted on a new fuel poverty strategy, including a new definition that takes account of recommendations made by the Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force. Following consideration of responses received, we published a Draft Fuel Poverty Strategy on 27 June 2018, alongside the introduction of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition & Strategy) (Scotland) Bill to Parliament.

We have also established the independent Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel that is taking forward a range of actions to inform Scottish Government policy. The Panel has been tasked specifically with monitoring and reporting on the delivery of the recommendations made by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task. The Panel discussed how to monitor the recommendations at their last meeting in December and is actively putting in place a process for monitoring the recommendations. This will be reported in due course.