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Under-occupancy and fuel poverty in Scotland

14-03-2022

 

Dr Fraser Stewart, Independent Consultant

Introduction

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.

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