Scottish Government issued with final demand to end fuel poverty
The letter, sent to all MSPs as well as to Scottish ministers yesterday, is a reminder that it is exactly one year until the statutory duty to end fuel poverty must be met. The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 states that the Scottish Government has ‘to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016’.
With exactly one year to go, Energy Action Scotland said it is clear that the target will be missed however, Scottish ministers have not yet said what will come next.
Norman Kerr, director of Energy Action Scotland, said: “There are currently 39 per cent of households affected and with the target date to end fuel poverty exactly one year away, we are pressing the Scottish Government to set out how this can realistically be achieved.
“We are urging Scottish Ministers to acknowledge that the target will not be met and to start discussions now on producing a new fuel poverty strategy for Scotland.
“Making sure that people can afford the basic right of living in a warm home is our key objective.”
A set of 6 key recommendations from the charity has also been sent to Scottish Ministers and has been published on the Energy Action Scotland website.
These key recommendations include: