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Fuel Poverty: Scottish Government response to working group reports

Fuel Poverty: Scottish Government response to working group reports

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ISBN: 9781786528001

The Scottish Government's response to reports by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government welcomes the work of the Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group (SWG) and the Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force (TF). With over 100 recommendations between them we have grouped the recommendations and our responses into 6 themes covering a new fuel poverty strategy, the four key drivers of fuel poverty (income, energy costs, energy performance and energy use) and accountability and scrutiny. The response sets out for each a summary of the recommendations, current activity and future actions.

Both Groups highlighted that there has been a lot of work already done to eradicate fuel poverty, but that, despite these efforts, fuel poverty still exists. The reports highlight where improvements can be made and will inform the development of a new, long-term fuel poverty strategy.