Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force


The Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force was set up to explore the issues facing people in fuel poverty in rural, remote and off-gas grid areas and to propose solutions. It was a short life group for one year (August 2015-2016).

Its remit was to develop a set of actions which:

  • would make it significantly easier and more affordable for people living in rural and remote Scotland to keep their homes warm
  • will be fed into the further development of fuel poverty policy and energy efficiency programmes

Meetings were held at least every two months with members expected to undertake research and prepare papers to feed back to the wider group.

Minutes of previous meetings.


The organisations represented on the task force had extensive knowledge - both strategic and practical - of the issues facing the fuel-poor in rural and remote rural Scotland.

The task force was independently chaired by Di Alexander, Chair of the Rural and Highlands Housing Associations' Forum and involved representatives from the following organisations:

  • Rural Housing Scotland
  • Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association
  • Ofgem – as observers
  • Highland and Islands Enterprise
  • Changeworks
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Eildon Housing Association
  • ALIenergy
  • Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Perth and Kinross Council
  • Energy Action Scotland
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Tighean Innes Gall
  • Fintry Development Trust
  • Energy Agency
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • NHS – Western Isles
  • Scottish Land and Estates
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Scottish Association of Landlords
  • Scottish Rural College