Membership of the forum includes representatives from:
- Age Scotland
- Association for the Conservation of Energy
- Child Poverty Action Group
- Citizens Advice Scotland
- Energy Action Scotland
- Energy Saving Trust
- Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
- Public Health Scotland/NHS Scotland
- Poverty Alliance
- Scottish Gas
- Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
- Scottish Power
- Scottish Housing Energy Efficiency Network (SHEEN)
- Ofgem (observers)
- ScottishPower Energy Networks (observers)
- Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Networks (observers)
- Chair of the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force (until group is dissolved)
- Chair of Strategic Working Group on Fuel Poverty (until group is dissolved)
The Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum works with the Scottish Government to ensure that so far as is reasonably practicable, no-one is living in fuel poverty by 2016. Specifically it will:
- monitor the implementation of the the Scottish Government energy effciency schemes;
- advise Ministers on further actions required; and
- liaise with the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group for England to develop an appropriate link that will ensure Scottish interests are fed into reserved policy areas.
Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum: Review Of The Scottish Government’s Fuel Poverty Strategy
Shortly after being re-established in 2008, the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum produced a report to inform the development of the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty strategy.
In 2010 the forum published its first annual report which reviewed the achievements of the first year of the Energy Assistance Package and the first phase of the Home Insulation Scheme and also considered some of the impacts on fuel poverty of UK Government policies.
The forum made a further review of the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty strategy in 2011. Its interim report, published in May 2012, made a number of recommendations, all of which were accepted by Scottish Ministers. These helped to inform development of our Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) a major part of our strategy to provide support to communities across Scotland to access a range of measures that will make their homes warmer and more efficient.
The forum’s final report on its review of the Scottish Government's fuel poverty strategy was published in 2014. Its recommendations were accepted by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities. more detailed response to the individual points raised is available.
The forum is committed to the challenge of eradicating fuel poverty and will continue to regularly report its progress. Its work plan will be published quarterly.
Annual Report from the Chair of the Fuel Poverty Forum
The Chair of the forum has published his first annual Chair’s report.
Fuel Poverty Definition
The Scottish definition of fuel poverty is set out in the Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement (2002), as follows:
‘A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, it would be required to spend more than 10% of its income (including Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use’
The Scottish Government commissioned, on behalf of the Fuel Poverty Forum (FPF), a review of the evidence in relation to the assumptions underpinning the definition of fuel poverty in Scotland and this research is now completed. However, the forum considers that the outcome of the research, while exceptionally useful, does not support informed reason to change any of the underpinning values of the definition at this time. It is now the forum’s intention to engage in discussions with stakeholders before making any final decision on recommended changes.
The forum is considering an analysis paper on Fuel Poverty and Income Poverty. The Strategic Working Group will also be reviewing this as part of their work.