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Fuel poverty

In response to recommendations put forward by the Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, which both reported in October 2016, we recently consulted on a new draft fuel poverty strategy, which closed on 1 February 2018.

In particular, the consultation asked for views on:

  • a new definition of fuel poverty and indicators and sub-targets, to help inform a Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill to be introduced in 2018 and development of a new framework for tackling fuel poverty in Scotland
  • proposals for the formation of a new Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and Partnership Forum to replace the existing Fuel Poverty Forum, to support us in monitoring progress against new fuel poverty sub-targets and milestones outlined in the consultation
  • a series of 19 consultation events which were held across Scotland during November and December 2017 and January 2018, organised with the support of Energy Action Scotland and the Energy Saving Trust

The following events were held:

Date Location Details
9 November Crieff Energy Action Scotland – Annual Conference
4 December Edinburgh Open event
6 December Inverness Open event
8 December Edinburgh Energy Action Scotland – Energy Advice Forum
11 December Glasgow Open event
12 December Aberdeen Open event
13 December Glasgow Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum
14 December Shetland Requested by stakeholders, teleconference
19 December Edinburgh Open event
20 December Orkney Requested by stakeholders, teleconference
11 January Highlands Highland Council – Poverty & Inequalities Group, teleconference
12 January Edinburgh Open event
15 January Glasgow Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, on behalf of Scottish Government
22 January Galashiels Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, open event, on behalf of Scottish Government
22 January Galashiels Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, Ability Borders, on behalf of Scottish Government
23 January Hawick Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, Reaching Out Hawick – Congregational Community Church, on behalf of Scottish Government
25 January Aberdeen Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, organised with local community council, on behalf of Scottish Government
26 January Fife (Methil / Leven) Energy Saving Trust led community groups event, CEMVO Climate Challenge Fund Ethnic Minority Network event, on behalf of Scottish Government
26 January Western Isles Requested by stakeholders, teleconference