No more than 5% of Scottish households in fuel poverty by 2040
The Scottish Government has unanimously passed a Bill aimed at tackling fuel poverty in Scotland.
The Fuel Poverty Bill sets a target of no more than 5% of households living in Fuel Poverty by 2040 and no more than 1% of households being in extreme fuel poverty.
The Bill defines deems someone to be living in fuel poverty if more than 10% of its net income (after housinging costs) is required to heat the home and pay for other fuel costs – with not enough money left for a decent standard of living. A household is extremely fuel poor if over 20% of net income is needed.
The Bill aims to support those who struggle to pay their fuel bills and heat their homes adequately by examining the route cause and improving the energy efficiency of homes.
Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart said: “By 2021 the Scottish Government will have allocated over £1 billion to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency, through our programmes and schemes – making people’s homes warmer and cheaper to heat.”
This is welcome news to Elmhurst, who have long made the case for improved energy efficiency of new and existing housing stock to help lift owners and tenants out of fuel poverty. We would add that the Scottish Government’s target can only be achieved with the right efficiency programmes and schemes in place.