Fuel poverty

First comprehensive study of Scottish projects dealing with health implications of fuel poverty

The vital and sometimes life-saving work carried out by dozens of organisations across Scotland that tackle health issues caused by fuel poverty has been mapped in a comprehensive new report.

Published 3 February 2017

Clackmannanshire insulation project warmly received

Three towns in Clackmannanshire have benefitted from a multi-million pound venture aimed at reducing fuel poverty across Scotland.

Published 3 February 2017

Govan Law Centre to fight poor housing conditions in Dundee

Govan Law Centre is sending a team of five legal experts to Dundee tomorrow to provide legal services for tenants who are living in cold, damp homes which are difficult to heat or in need of repair.

Published 2 February 2017

Blog: Health, cold homes, and fuel poverty: can we prescribe affordable warmth?

By Lisa Glass, policy officer at Shelter Scotland

Published 2 February 2017

Increasing energy efficiency of homes must be at heart of Energy Strategy, says SFHA

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the publication of Scotland’s first ever integrated energy roadmap by the Scottish Government but has called for the strategy to include greater emphasis on increasing the energy efficiency of homes.

Published 25 January 2017

Aberdeen district heating network project moves to next stage

A £9.5 million District Heating Network which would provide lower-cost heating for residents in Aberdeen took a step forward at a council committee yesterday.

Published 25 January 2017

MPs urged to sign up to initiative to tackle deaths from cold homes

With one in ten households in Britain facing fuel poverty this winter, and cold homes contributing to 24,300 excess winter deaths during last year, calls have been made for MPs to step up and take action.

Published 24 January 2017

South Ayrshire homes set for major energy efficiency facelift

South Ayrshire Council is taking forward a programme of works designed to tackle fuel poverty by driving down the cost of annual bills for more than 300 homes.

Published 16 January 2017

Majority of Scots back increase to home energy efficiency investment

Health, housing, anti-poverty and environmental organisations have called for more public money to be spent on making Scotland’s homes energy efficient after a new poll found there was overwhelming backing for more investment to tackle fuel poverty.

Published 4 January 2017

Five most fuel poor UK cities are all in Scotland, report finds

Scottish cities have been ranked the five worst areas of the UK for fuel poverty.

Published 16 December 2016

Energy companies urged to tackle ‘poverty premium’ paid by low income households

Representatives from the ‘Big Six’ energy companies attended a summit yesterday looking at ways to help low income households living in fuel poverty and facing a ‘poverty premium’ of paying more for their energy.

Published 15 December 2016

SSE outlines plans for Scottish energy strategy

Energy company SSE has submitted a series of proposals to the Scottish Government as ministers begin to draw up Scotland's new 'Energy Strategy'.

Published 13 December 2016

97,000 households move out of fuel poverty but ‘too many homes’ still cold and damp

A long term improvement in the energy efficiency of housing stock coupled with a substantial drop in the price of domestic fuel has seen a drop in Scotland’s fuel poverty rates, though campaigners have warned that the job is far from over.

Published 6 December 2016

Minister sees how Greenock’s district heating system is tackling fuel poverty

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, minister for business, innovation and energy, has visited Broomhill in Greenock to hear how its new £7 million district heating system is resulting in warmer, more energy efficient homes with dramatically reduced energy bills.

Published 1 December 2016

Greens disappointed at vote on fuel poverty budget increase

Scottish Green Party MSPs have expressed disappointment after Holyrood's other main parties voted against proposals to allocate more than the proposed £125 million per year to eradicate fuel poverty.

Published 17 November 2016