Focus on Fuel Poverty as Winter Hits Hard

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For immediate release

5 November 2019

 

Focus on Fuel Poverty as Winter Hits Hard

As news reaches us that arctic winds are on their way bringing freezing temperatures and gales to the whole country, Energy Action Scotland gathers together policy makers, support services, industry and energy companies to look at the work being done to alleviate the high levels of fuel poverty currently suffered by a quarter of households in Scotland.

Energy Action Scotland is calling upon the Scottish Government to engage faster and better across the energy efficiency landscape to ensure they meet the target of no more than 5% of households living in fuel poverty well ahead of their stated target date of 2040. With expert speakers from Government, housing and from NHSScotland, the focus will be on the burden that fuel poverty creates for health and public services as well the human toll of cold, damp housing. Journalists, campaigners and fuel poverty organisations from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland will share their thoughts and experiences as we consider the cost of failure for the six people in Scotland who die every day of winter because of fuel poverty.

The Golden Jubilee Conference Centre in Clydebank will host the conference as well as the inaugural Energy Action Scotland Fuel Poverty Awards for 2019. Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart will share his vision for ending fuel poverty as we examine the true cost of living in Scotland and being unable to afford energy for heat, light and for cooking.

Norman Kerr, Director of Energy Action Scotland said,

“It is inconceivable that Scotland be allowed to miss another target for the eradication of fuel poverty. For those people who live in and are at risk of fuel poverty the pace of change must increase with more and better options found to tackle challenging housing as well as homes off the gas grid. As an organisation our sole focus is the eradication of fuel poverty and with over 150 years of expertise across our team we will make sure that progress continues until fuel poverty is consigned to history.” 

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Notes for Editors

  1. Energy Action Scotland is the national organisation that campaigns for an end to fuel poverty and works to promote warm, dry homes for all in Scotland. Website: www.eas.org.uk
     
  2. Fuel poverty is defined as: a household needing more than 10% of its income to pay for its fuel needs after housing costs, and this then leaving the household unable to maintain an acceptable standard of living.
     
  3.  The main causes of fuel poverty are poor energy efficiency of the home, high domestic fuel prices, low household income and how energy is used in the home.
     
  4. The official Scottish Government figures show that in 2017 there were 613,000 households in Scotland in fuel poverty i.e. 24.9%. Source: Scottish House Condition Survey: Key Findings Report 2017.
     
  5. The annual UK Fuel Poverty Monitor report for 2018-19, produced by fuel poverty charities Energy Action Scotland and National Energy Action, claims thousands of people across the UK will die this coming winter as national strategies to keep people warm are failing them. The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2018 - 19 is available on the Energy Action Scotland website: https://www.eas.org.uk/en/uk-fuel-poverty-monitor_50608/
     
  6. The EAS Annual Conference 2019 is supported by SSE Energy Services.

 

For further information please contact:

Kate Cunningham
Communications & Public Affairs Manager
Energy Action Scotland
07880 733644