Fuel Poverty Advisory Groups

Scottish Government-appointed Fuel Poverty Advisory Groups

Three groups have been tasked by the Scottish Government with looking into various aspects of ending fuel poverty in Scotland.  All three groups report to Angela Constance Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.

Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum, which has been advising Scottish Ministers for some years on reaching the target to end fuel poverty, is chaired by Alan Ferguson.  The Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum's remit is to work together with the Scottish Government to ensure that so far as is reasonably practicable; no-one is living in fuel poverty by 2016. Specifically it:

  • monitors the implementation of the Scottish Government energy efficiency schemes;
  • advises Ministers on further actions required; and
  • liaises with the equivalent body for England to develop an appropriate link that will ensure Scottish interests are fed into reserved policy areas.

Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group

The Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group is time limited for one year and reported to Scottish Ministers in October 2016. The Group, among other matters, looked at how new powers being devolved to Scotland could be best deployed to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty.  The Group was chaired by Professor David Sigsworth. It published its report A Scotland without fuel poverty is a fairer Scotland: Four steps to achieving sustainable, affordable and attainable warmth and energy use for all on 24 October 2016.

Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force

A group was established to find ways of making it easier and more affordable for people in rural and remote Scotland to heat their homes.

The Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, which had its inaugural meeting in August 2015, was exploring the issues and prepared a report on its findings over one year. It published its report on 24 October 2016 An Action Plan to Deliver Affordable Warmth in Rural Scotland proposed by the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force.

The Task Force was set up as a result of feedback from a Scottish Housing Event which highlighted the need to focus on tackling rural fuel poverty.  The job of the Task Force was to come up with practicable and deliverable solutions to all aspects of the problem.

The Task Force was chaired by Di Alexander.