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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22825: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how its energy efficiency measures are impacting on fuel poverty.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 9 May 2019

The Scottish Government is providing energy efficiency measures to help those families living in or at risk of living in fuel poverty in Scotland through its Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS).

Launched in April 2013 the HEEPS programme is made up of 3 separate schemes and provides an offer of support to all households in Scotland. The three schemes are;

HEEPS: Area Based Schemes (ABS ) are delivered by local authorities who target fuel poor areas and provide a range of insulation measures while focusing on harder to treat properties requiring more expensive measures such as solid wall insulation.

HEEPS: Warmer Homes Scotland (WHS) is the national fuel poverty scheme providing fabric measures such as insulation as well as heating measures to improve the energy efficiency of the Scottish housing stock as well as to sustainably reduce fuel bills for those people who are deemed to be living in or at risk of living in fuel poverty.

HEEPS: Loans . Through Home Energy Scotland (HES) loans of up to £10,000 are available to all households (HES Loans) and registered social landlords (RSL Loans) to help them install energy efficiency measures in to their properties. The loans are interest free and applicants for HES Loans have also benefited from cashback. These loans are not limited to fuel poor households as anyone can apply for them.

Due to the nature of the factors that contribute to a household being in fuel poverty it is not possible to establish with any certainty the impact that these schemes have had on the levels of fuel poverty in Scotland. However, the Scottish Government has calculated the average annual savings on fuel for households benefitting from interventions under HEEPS. In the financial year 2017-18 the average annual fuel bill savings for each household receiving help under one of the HEEPS schemes were:

  • HEEPS: ABS £293.00
  • HEEPS: WHS £318.00
  • HES: HES Loans £195.00
  • HEEPS: RSL Loans £221.00

The 2017-18 HEEPS Delivery Report is due to be published in the next few weeks. The 2016-17 HEEPS Delivery Report can be found on the Scottish Government Website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/home-energy-efficiency-programmes-scotland-delivery-report-2016-17/ .