Fuel poverty

In response to recommendations put forward by the Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, which both reported in October 2016, we consulted on a new draft fuel poverty strategy.

The consultation asked for views on:

  • a new definition of fuel poverty and indicators and sub-targets, to help inform a Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill and development of a new framework for tackling fuel poverty in Scotland
  • proposals for the formation of a new Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and Partnership Forum to replace the existing Fuel Poverty Forum, to support us in monitoring progress against new fuel poverty sub-targets and milestones outlined in the consultation

We produced a full analysis report of consultation responses to inform policy development and associated legislation.

The Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy)(Scotland) Bill was published on 27 June 2018. The Bill will achieve three key things. It will:

  • set a new target for fuel poverty;
  • introduce a new definition of fuel poverty that will focus Scottish Government support on those who need it most, no matter where they live in Scotland; and
  • mandate the production of a new long-term fuel poverty strategy

An easy-to-read short guide to the Bill outlines the aims of the Bill and answers the most asked questions.

In addition, the draft Fuel Poverty Strategy for Scotland 2018 was published on 27 June. The draft strategy will:

  • set out how the delivery of the fuel poverty target will be achieved
  • set out a monitoring framework to oversee progress in meeting the target

We undertook impact assessments to support policy development of the Bill the draft strategy: