Millions of households across Britain are set to see an increase in the cost of energy after Ofgem increased price caps for default tariffs and pre-payment meter customers. The industry regulator revealed today that the price cap for customers on default (including standard variable) tariffs, introd
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed a report by the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee which called for additional measures to be included in the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill proposes a ne
A Bill to reduce fuel poverty in Scotland has been given the support of a Holyrood committee but it warned that additional measures are required to put an end to thousands of people lacking the means to keep their homes warm. The local government and communities committee published a report on the F
Housing association-backed energy provider Our Power has ceased trading. Directors at the not-for-profit company said the decision was taken “with heartfelt regret” and blamed a “very difficult” and “highly volatile” energy market.
The Existing Homes Alliance Scotland (ExHAS) held an exhibition in Parliament this week to highlight the issues of energy efficiency and fuel poverty. The exhibition, sponsored by Graham Simpson MSP, attracted interest from MSPs across all political groups with many pledging to support warm homes fo
More than half of Scottish households have been plunged into fuel poverty as a result of crippling energy prices with people going to astonishing lengths in order to keep warm, new research has revealed. A survey carried out by Hillcrest Housing Association, which was open to the general public and
Switching energy supplier could save each Scottish household more than £150 a year, with East Renfrewshire the local authority area where people are most likely to switch, new research has found. Figures released by Citizens Advice Scotland to mark the beginning of Big Energy Saving Week 2019
As the Fuel Poverty Bill continues to make its way through Parliament, CIH Scotland’s policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell reflects on the need for cross party commitment to achieve real changes. On 16 October the National Records of Scotland published its annual statistics showing how
The Energy Saving Trust has awarded more than £2.1 million to 15 charities across the UK as part of the Energy Redress Scheme, which redistributes voluntary payments from UK energy companies. Five Scotland-based charities such as Greener Kirkcaldy, Iona Renewables and Clackmannanshire Citizens
A publicly owned energy company must be positioned at the heart of policy making, long-term in its thinking and flexible enough to react to change as it happens, according to a Holyrood committee. The economy, energy and fair work committee has written to the Scottish Government with its findings on
The Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee will today ask the Scottish Government to outline how its upcoming Fuel Poverty Bill will make a “real, practical difference” to help eradicate fuel poverty. The committee will take evidence from minister for loca
Housing minister Kevin Stewart Housing minister Kevin Stewart says the Scottish Government’s world leading Fuel Poverty Bill will continue to transform people’s lives.
A quarter of households are still struggling with fuel poverty as new Scottish Government statistics revealed no real progress over the last 12 months. The new figures revealed a small fall in fuel poverty rates between 2016 and 2017, with a drop from 26.5% (649,000 households) to 24.9% (613,000 hou
People from Stornoway are to meet the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee to share their experiences of being in fuel poverty. The meeting is a part of the committee’s examination of a new Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill sets
One in four Scottish households will spend Christmas in fuel poverty, according to a new campaign launched today by Scottish Labour. The party will spend the festive season highlighting the issue, with members and activists set to distribute postcards of information which will ask for the public's v