Target to Eradicate Fuel Poverty in Scotland by 2016

Scottish Government

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 set a statutory duty on the Scottish Government to eradicate fuel poverty in Scotland, as far as is reasonably practicable, by November 2016.

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement, published in August 2002 pursuant to section 88 of the Act, sets out in further detail how this target will be achieved.

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement lays out key elements of the process to be undertaken as part of the drive towards achieving the target. These elements are:

  • Improvements to housing stock, including owner-occupied and private rented housing;

  • Promote greater energy efficiency in domestic dwellings, including the possible development of a target improvement in average NHER ratings;

  • Developing greater knowledge about the state of fuel poverty in Scotland and monitoring change;

  • Support for awareness raising activities among statutory, voluntary, charitable and private sector actors;

  • Partnership working across the national and local levels.

The Fuel Poverty Statement was last reviewed in December 2014 and a Statement Progress Report published by the Scottish Government.

Local Authorities

Local Authorities were also obligated under the Act (section 89) to produce local strategies before April 2004, setting out the measures they would put in place to ensure ‘so far as reasonably practicable, that persons do not live in fuel poverty’.

Scottish Government Local Housing Strategy Guidance provides information on reporting requirements.There is also a Sustainable Housing Advice Note which provides further information on fuel poverty and climate change.