This interim Equality Impact Assessment supports the Fuel Poverty Strategy for Scotland consultation document.
The interim Equality Impact Assessment sets out the main differences between the current definition of fuel poverty in Scotland and the findings of the independent review panel and the revised definition set out in the published document "A new definition of fuel poverty in Scotland - a review of recent evidence".
The document looks at evidence gathered under the following headings: Age, Disability, Sex, Pregnancy and Maternity, Gender Reassignment, Sexual Orientation, Race and Religion or Belief. Where there are gaps in evidence we will use the Fuel Poverty Strategy consultation to look for evidence to fill these gaps.
During the Fuel Poverty Strategy consultation period, equality group representatives will be invited to comment and submit evidence in relation to these protected characteristic groups they represent. This will be taken into account together with any additional evidence gathered during consultation events and from formal responses received.
The final EQIA will be published alongside a Health Impact Assessment and a Children's Rights and Wellbeing Assessment in 2018.