Energy Action Scotland issues action plan for affordable energy and warm homes
Fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland has called for the next UK government to implement three action points to ensure the UK can reach the point where domestic energy is an affordable commodity for all and housing is energy efficient.
In a briefing note published ahead of next month’s general election, the charity said living in a warm, dry home is “a basic necessity and essential to health and wellbeing”.
It argues that too many people across the UK are struggling to reach this standard and instead are falling into fuel poverty and so are cold at home and are making impossible choices that mean they go without basics such as food.
Despite fuel poverty being an issue which is devolved to each of the UK nations, Energy Action Scotland said it is important to note that energy policy is a matter reserved to the UK government.
Moreover, the major main energy efficiency programme delivered via the energy companies is set by the UK government, while many social security benefits and other initiatives, such as the Warm Home Discount, that provide essential financial support to people on low incomes are also reserved to Westminster.
The charity has therefore called for the following actions at a UK level:
Action Point 1
Provide support to reduce energy demand through increased energy efficiency
Action Point 2
Provide more effective support to vulnerable and low income consumers
Action Point 3
Build UK-wide recognition of the impact of cold homes on health