Fuel poverty

Energy summit urges ‘big six’ to do more to support vulnerable consumers

The Scottish Government hosted an energy summit yesterday to challenge the ‘big six’ energy suppliers to do more to help people who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

Published 18 January 2018

Blog: Challenges in 2018 as we look to build the homes we need

Housing delivery, homelessness, standards and much more - as we enter 2018, CIH Scotland policy expert Ashley Campbell explores what to look out for.

Published 18 January 2018

‘Big six’ energy firms urged to extend quick credit scheme to tackle fuel poverty

An MSP is calling on Scotland’s biggest energy providers to work with foodbanks to extend a Quick Credit Voucher scheme to tackle fuel poverty.

Published 8 January 2018

Call for Westminster to end Highland energy surcharge ‘rip-off’

An MSP has urged on the UK government to finally end the “Highland energy rip-off” which sees customers facing a 2p electricity surcharge despite the region facing some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country.

Published 8 January 2018

Carbon footprint of Scottish homes ‘falls by 25%’

The carbon footprint of homes across Scotland has fallen by an average of 25% since the Scottish Climate Change Act was passed in 2009, according to an environmental charity.

Published 4 January 2018

Our Power to step up fight against fuel poverty and create 200 jobs after £4.4m funding boost

Not-for-profit energy supplier Our Power said it intends to reduce levels of fuel poverty and create 200 jobs in areas of high unemployment after securing more than £4.4 million in funding.

Published 3 January 2018

Half of Scotland’s homes need repaired to tackle fuel poverty, say Greens

Fuel poverty will not be eliminated in Scotland until the government takes action to fix the one in two homes that have issues with weather-tightness and structural stability, a Green MSP has warned.

Published 3 January 2018

Not-for-profit energy supplier ignites fight against fuel poverty in Scotland

Not for profit energy supplier, Our Power has partnered with Money Advice Scotland to tackle the issue of fuel poverty among customers who heat their homes by electric storage heating and are tied into using Restricted Meters.

Published 22 December 2017

£80m strategic energy blueprint unveiled with 50% clean energy pledge by 2030

The Scottish Government has published the country’s first Energy Strategy which it said will strengthen the development of local energy, empower and protect consumers, and support climate change efforts while tackling fuel poverty.

Published 21 December 2017

Green light for new Queens Quay energy centre

A new energy centre at Queens Quay could start generating heat by Autumn 2018 after planning permission was granted for the development at the £250 million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank.

Published 21 December 2017

Blog: Fuel poverty – It helps to have a sensible target to aim at….

In a new blog for the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University, Professor Glen Bramley reflects on the process of recommending a new definition of fuel poverty in Scotland.

Published 12 December 2017

New funding to explore pioneering heat solution for rural Stirling

Stirling Council, alongside partner Scottish Water Horizons, has been awarded £100,000 to explore a pioneering heat solution for rural Stirling, with initial feasibility being carried out in Callander.

Published 7 December 2017

Fuel poverty among Scottish households drops by 4%

The Scottish Government has been urged to take concerted action to eliminate fuel poverty altogether after new figures revealed that the overall level amongst Scottish households is down about four percentage points in a year, equivalent to 99,000 fewer households living in fuel poverty.

Published 6 December 2017

£2.6m awarded to innovative local green energy solutions

Twelve projects to create local, green energy solutions have been awarded a share of £2.6 million, as part of the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP).

Published 4 December 2017

£3m funding pot for social housing heating retro-fit unveiled

Heating installation specialist Ecoliving, part of the Glasgow-based Turner Group, is making £3 million available to support social landlords in the fight against fuel poverty.

Published 22 November 2017