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Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement


The Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement


1 The responses to that consultation can be viewed at the Library at Saughton House and on the Scottish Executive website at www.scotland.gov.uk

2 The UK Fuel Poverty Statement is available from the DTI and on the DTI website at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/fuelpoverty/index.htm

3 A reduction in NHER due to changes in the fabric of a dwelling is unusual, but could possibly be caused by changes such as a loft extension in which the main heating system is not installed in the extension, or the addition of a conservatory with an open area for access to the dwelling. NHER rating is more likely to cause someone to move into fuel poverty when they move to a different house with a lower NHER rating.

4 The Warm Deal eligible benefits are Attendance Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Disability Working Allowance, Disabled Person's Tax Credit, Family Credit, Housing Benefit, Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (which includes Constant Attendance Allowance), War Disablement Pension (which includes the mobility allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance) and Working Families' Tax Credit.

5 Under the Warm Deal eligible households can have a combination of works undertaken to insulate their homes, up to a maximum value of 500. Works can include cavity wall insulation; loft insulation; hot and cold tank insulation; pipe insulation; draught proofing; and energy advice and up to four energy efficiency lightbulbs.

6 At http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library3/housing/bfwd-00.asp

7 The Standard Assessment Procedure is the UK Government's standard for home energy rating. SAP ratings are expressed on a scale of 1 (poor) to 100 (excellent). The NHER rating, as used in the Scottish House Condition Survey, is different in that it is geographically specific and covers all fuel use, but scores can be broadly converted to SAP scores by multiplying them by 10 - so an NHER score of 5 equates broadly to a SAP score of 50.

8 The Scottish Executive has provided Glasgow City Council with almost 10 million for the period 2001/2003 to enable it to make progress towards installing central heating and energy efficiency measures in all its stock which lacks them. The Glasgow Housing Association, which will shortly take over responsibility for Glasgow Council's housing stock, has indicated that as part of its investment programme it will work to ensure that all homes with a long life will have central heating within four years which meets our commitment that all social rented tenants will have central heating by 2006.