Publication - Impact assessment

Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment

Published: 14 May 2019
Part of:
Housing
ISBN:
9781787817746

Island communities impact assessment for the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill as will be required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 once in force.

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Contents
Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment
Annex E: Summary of island community consultation responses previous to the ICIA

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Annex E: Summary of island community consultation responses previous to the ICIA

All comments listed below are in respect of the ICIA

Stakeholder

Type

LA area

FP Bill Consultation

EES consultation

Call for evidence

Oral Evidence

Summary

Argyll and Bute

Council

Argyll and Bute

  • need rural MIS
  • health of building not age of occupier (s)
  • extra consideration to be given to hard to treat properties
  • efforts needed to reduce fuel costs
  • those with no access to the gas grid are most likely to be FP however measures for them are most likely to not be cost effective or technically feasible
  • remote rural/island issues still to be addressed
  • concerned disproportionate amount of residual 5% will be rural households
  • rural MIS
  • enhanced heating age threshold slightly high
  • importance of people on the ground
  • 2040 target realistic
  • local authority targets feasible in Argyll and Bute for fuel poverty
  • welcome an extreme fuel poverty target
  • RR MIS
  • off grid hard to treat will fall into bottom 5%
  • fuel costs
  • health of buildings not age of occupiers
  • enhanced heating threshold too high and arbitrary
  • people on the ground
  • extreme fuel poverty target

Comhairle Nan Eilean Sar

Council

Comhairle Nan Eilean Sar

  • need rural MIS
  • definition to island proofed
  • pension age to be used if using age for enhanced heating
  • remote rural MIS
  • remote rural MIS
  • island proofing
  • RRMIS
  • island proofing
  • pension age for enhanced heating

Highland

Council

Highland

  • need rural MIS
  • uplift for LT sick / or disabled
  • need for flexibility of funding streams and on the practical delivery
  • other ways of taking into account the poorer health outcomes if age raised to 75
  • targeting of extreme FP households
  • additional support for RR areas
  • funding for homeowners in fuel and income poverty
  • RR MIS
  • Home maintenance costs to be included in calculation
  • strategy to be island proofed
  • Extreme FP target
  • RR MIS
  • funding flexibility
  • additional criteria for poor health
  • extreme FP target
  • funding for homeowners
  • home maintenance costs
  • island proofing

North Ayrshire

Council

North Ayrshire

  • exceptions for those with no rent or mortgage payments but surviving on low in come and have high fuel costs
  • new state pension age of 68. Have high levels of deprivation in catchment area

NA (fed back however not relevant to ICIA)

NA

  • no rent/mortgage but low income
  • enhanced heating age 68

Orkney (has own target of getting FP in Orkney to the national average by 2022 and eradicating by 2032)

Council

Orkney

  • need for rural MIS
  • project flexibility to reflect local issues
  • generic age unfair due to lower life expectancy rates in some areas
  • high fuel pricing in some areas

NA

NA

  • rural MIS
  • project flexibility
  • no age on enhanced heating
  • high fuel prices

Shetland Islands

Council

Shetland

  • need for rural MIS
  • age is a blunt tool for enhanced heating - elderly to lose out
  • fuel prices

NA

  • island proofing
  • RR MIS
  • rural MIS
  • elderly losing out higher age
  • island proofing
  • fuel pricing

Hebridean Housing Association

Housing Association

Comhairle Nan Eilean Sar

  • need for rural MIS
  • extreme FP
  • island proofing
  • arbitrary age is lazy, health and care services should ID criteria

NA

NA

  • need for rural MIS
  • extreme FP
  • island proofing
  • arbitrary age is lazy, health and care services should ID criteria

Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association

Housing Association

Highland

  • need for rural MIS
  • arbitrary age is discriminatory to those communities whose life expectancy varies negatively from others

NA

NA

  • need for rural MIS
  • arbitrary age is discriminatory to those communities whose life expectancy varies negatively from others

Orkney Housing Association

Housing Association

Orkney

  • need for remote rural MIS
  • arbitrary age - adverse impact on rural and island areas which have higher % of elderly vs urban areas

NA

  • remote rural MIS
  • longer term funding for SG programmes
  • need for remote rural MIS
  • arbitrary age
  • adverse impact on rural and island areas which have higher % of elderly vs urban areas
  • longer term funding for SG programmes

Rural and Islands Housing Association Forum (RIHAF)

Housing Association

Scotland

  • need for rural MIS

NA

  • rural MIS
  • island proofing of strategy
  • rural MIS
  • island proofing of strategy

Highland and Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth Partners Group

Partnership or interagency group

Highland

  • need for rural MIS
  • inclusion in MIS of adjustment for LT sick or disabled
  • how to include agricultural tenancies (strategy though)
  • age 75 - issue of impact on pensioners with no mortgage to pay but high fuel costs

NA

  • remote rural MIS
  • island proofing of strategy
  • extreme FP target
  • helpful to continue to measure extreme fuel poverty and to eradicate within 5 years
  • inclusion of remote rural MIS
  • 2032 instead of 2040
  • improved understanding of outcomes rather than inputs
  • importance of front line people
  • island proofing
  • remote rural MIS
  • island proofing
  • MIS adjustment for LT sick and disabled
  • agricultural tenancies?
  • 75 - impact on pensioners with no mortgage but high energy costs
  • extreme FP target
  • 2032 target
  • improved understanding of outcomes
  • front line people

THAW Orkney

Partnership or interagency group

Orkney

  • need for remote rural MIS
  • definition of 'vulnerable'
  • arbitrary movement of age - further research needed
  • difficult to treat properties should not be exempt from having work done when household is in FP

NA (fed back however not relevant to ICIA)

  • need for remote rural MIS
  • definition of 'vulnerable'
  • arbitrary movement of age - further research needed
  • difficult to treat properties should not be exempt from having work done when household is in FP

Highlands and Islands Enterprise Agency

Other

Highland

  • need for remote rural MIS

Na

NA

  • remote rural MIS

Shetland Fuel Poverty Group

Partnership or interagency group

Shetland

  • need for rural MIS
  • age is a blunt tool for enhanced heating - elderly to lose out
  • fuel prices

NA

  • island proofing
  • RR MIS
  • rural MIS
  • elderly losing out higher age
  • island proofing
  • fuel pricing

Tighean Innse Gall (TIG)

Western Isles

Third Sector

Comhairle Nan Eilean Sar

  • health and vulnerability links should be further assessed before new definition is implemented
  • need for a remote rural MIS
  • greater flexibility in the per house spending limits that currently exist
  • Age threshold is arbitrary and not based upon evidence. Should not be implemented until further research undertaken
  • no cap per household on expenditure for energy efficiency
  • Remote rural MIS
  • health and vulnerability links should be further assessed before new definition is implemented
  • need for a remote rural MIS
  • greater flexibility in the per house spending limits that currently exist
  • Age threshold is arbitrary and not based upon evidence. Should not be implemented until further research undertaken

Public Health in NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Health and Social Care

North Ayrshire

  • Enhanced heating regime should be available for over 65's, those with a long term underlying health condition (eg those as risk groups for flue, children and adults with weakened immune systems and families with children living in private rented accommodation.
  • Enhanced heating regime should be available for over 65's, those with a long term underlying health condition (eg those as risk groups for flue, children and adults with weakened immune systems and families with children living in private rented accommodation.

Scottish Islands Federation

Partnership or interagency group

Scotland

  • new definition will omit categories of households in rural areas and islands in particular
  • need for a rural MIS
  • Use of AHC, MIS and increased threshold of 75 years may have an unintended and disproportionate impact on island and rural communities
  • new definition will omit categories of households in rural areas and islands in particular
  • need for a rural MIS
  • Use of AHC, MIS and increased threshold of 75 years may have an unintended and disproportionate impact on island and rural communities

Argyll and Bute Energy Forum

Partnership or interagency group

Argyll and Bute

  • issue of off gas grid households that aren't technically feasible and cost effective - however most likely to be in FP
  • lack of rural, remote and island MIS
  • issue of off gas grid households that aren't technically feasible and cost effective - however most likely to be in FP
  • lack of rural, remote and island MIS

Jura Community

Other

Argyll and Bute

  • need for remote rural MIS
  • island proofing
  • need for remote rural MIS
  • island proofing

Contact

Email: FuelPovertyStrategy@gov.scot