Fuel poverty set to break the 50% barrier in parts of Scotland
April’s energy price rises will see more than 40% of households in large parts of Scotland move into fuel poverty.
Revised figures announced by the Scottish Government show that a further 211,000 households are likely to be living in fuel poverty in the coming months, an increase of 43% on 2019 figures.
Modelling done by fuel poverty campaigners Energy Action Scotland show 57% of people living in the Western Isles will soon be spending more than 10% of their income on energy - after housing costs have been deducted – the official definition of being fuel poor.
A further 11 local authority areas will see more than two in every five homes moving into official fuel poverty.