EAS Publications

Debt Factsheet

Advice and information if you are worried about your energy bills and falling into debt There are many reasons why someone may experience fuel debt, including:

  • increasing energy costs/bills
  • low income
  • incorrect bills and lack of meter readings
  • inadequate insulation and heating
  • inefficient boiler
  • budgeting issues
  • change of circumstances, such as illness
  • bereavement or redundancy

You are not alone. If you can’t afford the energy, you need or are in debt with your energy supplier, there is help available.

Health, Housing and Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty is a widespread issue in Scotland with 613,000 households estimated to be in fuel poverty while 311,000 households are estimated to be in extreme fuel poverty (Scottish Housing Condition Survey, 2020). Scottish Government estimates (February 2022) indicated that, as a direct result of rapidly rising energy prices, that it is now estimated that almost 900,000 households are in fuel poverty, of which almost 600,000 are in extreme fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is not experienced only in the most deprived parts of Scotland but is also common in rural areas, amongst older people, single occupant households, and those using electricity as their primary source of heating fuel (Scottish Housing Condition Survey, 2020). Fuel poverty is prevalent in many socio economic groups in Scotland and rates remain stubbornly high.

 

Under-occupancy and fuel poverty in Scotland

Dr Fraser Stewart, Independent Consultant

This discussion paper considers the under-occupancy of homes as a poorly understood concept that may hold great potential for helping inform our understanding of how fuel poverty is experienced and can be tackled in Scotland. Under the Scottish definition of fuel poverty under-occupancy occurs when a dwelling exceeds the bedroom standard of its occupants by two or more rooms. However official estimates of fuel poverty assume that all under-occupied rooms are heated to the same standards as the main bedroom.

 

Fuel poverty and the transition to net zero

Dr Fraser Stewart, Independent Consultant

This paper for Energy Action Scotland examines the potential implications of Scotland’s climate change and net zero ambitions for those households living in or at risk of falling into fuel poverty. The issues explored are intended to contribute to wider discussions about the nature and shape of Scotland’s transition to net zero.

 

KEEP WARM and WELL in WINTER - new leaflet

The winter is a difficult time for Keeping Warm and Well. Temperatures are low and often take a plunge in deepest points. It becomes even harder to heat and power homes.

It is important that people know how to access support. Energy Action Scotland has worked with SP Energy Networks (who provide the electric infrastructure in central and lowland Scotland to over 3.5million homes and businesses) to produce information to support local advisors and householders.

This includes information on the Priority Services Register which ensures that support can be prioritised to those vulnerable households in the event of a disruption to power supplies, to information that will help people with their health and wellbeing. There are low cost and no cost tips to keep homes warm and energy bills affordable.

We have produced two versions of this information - a web friendly version and a print ready one. These are free for you to use, upload to websites, print and distribute to households.? Copies have been sent to all of our member organisations and our other contacts.? Please feel free to share this with your own wider network.

Everyone has the right to live in a warm dry home, able to afford to power all of life’s essential equipment to wash, cook and clean. 

EAS Annual Review 2020-2021 (November 2021)

The Annual Review gives an overview of EAS’s activities over the year.

Download the review by clicking on the cover image to the left.

 

NEA and EAS release report to help maximise the benefits of the smart meter rollout for prepayment users

 

 

 

Recipes for Cook Pots.  Winter Campaign 2020/2021

 

William Grant Foundation Report 2019 - 2020

Energy Action Scotland are partnering with William Grant Foundation.  More details can be found within the report.

 

 

 

 

Fuel Poverty in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections:
Key Issues for Parties

 


 

EAS Annual Review 2019 - 2020 (November 2020)

The Annual Review gives an overview of EAS’s activities over the year.

Download the review by clicking on the cover image to the left.

 

 

 

 

EAS's Annual Accounts 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020

 

 

 

 

 

EAS Annual Review 2018 - 2019 (November 2019)

The Annual Review gives an overview of EAS’s activities over the year.

Download the review by clicking on the cover image to the left.

 

 


 

EAS Annual Review 2017 - 2018 (November 2018)

The Annual Review gives an overview of EAS’s activities over the year.

Download the review by clicking on the cover image to the left.

 

 


Down to the Wire: Research into support and advice services for households in Scotland reliant on electric heating  (January 2018)

Report for the Consumer Futures Unit, Citizens Advice Scotland

Through a review of existing evidence and in consultation with users of electric heating who contributed over four deliberative workshops held across Scotland, a compelling picture of the lived experience of householders reliant on using electricity for heating has emerged. This report expands on the particular issues related to the support and advice service needs of these households in Scotland.

 


UK General Election 2017 - Special Report on Fuel Poverty (June 2017)

Ahead of the UK General Election on 8 June 2017, EAS asked the main parties in Scotland who are standing for election to outline their plans for tackling fuel poverty.

Their responses form a special report, which can be downloaded by clicking the cover image to the left.

 

 


Scottish Local Government Election 2017 - Special Report on Fuel Poverty (May 2017)

Ahead of the Scottish Local Government election on 4 May 2017, EAS asked the 5 main Scottish political parties to outline their plans for tackling fuel poverty within a local government context.

Their responses form a special report, which can be found by clicking the cover image on the left.

 

 


SEEP Engagement Seminar Report (February 2017)

Members of EAS and of the current and former Scottish Government fuel poverty advisory groups met in February 2017 to discuss Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). This report presents a summary of the discussions.

Download the report by clicking on the cover image to the left.

 

 


Health-related Fuel Poverty Schemes in Scotland (January 2017)

EAS and Shelter Scotland collaborated to create this comprehensive catalogue of health-related fuel poverty schemes in Scotland.

Download this publication by clicking on the cover image to the left.

 

 


Scottish Parliament Election 2016 - Special Report on Fuel Poverty

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May 2016, EAS asked the five main Scottish political parties to outline their plans for tackling fuel poverty.

Their responses form a special report, which can be found by clicking the cover image to the left.

 

 


Also published by EAS:

Energy Review

This magazine is published quarterly and provides information on a variety of fuel poverty and energy efficiency issues.

It is available to EAS members and by subscription.

Members can access a digital copy by logging in to the Members' Area of the website.  

 


For older publications, please see our Publications Archive