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Under-occupancy and fuel poverty in Scotland

  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 S...

Fuel poverty and the transition to net zero

By: Dr Fraser Stewart, Independent Consultant Introduction 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...

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...

ScottishPower supports ‘Warm at Home’ for fifth year

 More than 150 people living with a cancer diagnosis are set to benefit from new central heating after an innovative link up between fuel poverty champions Energy Action Scotland and ScottishPower. The ‘Warm at Home’ project has been running across the central belt for the past five year...

Scottish Fuel Poverty Map

 30 December 2021 The worst areas for fuel poverty in Scotland revealed. As industry and charities call for urgent action to support people with their energy bills this winter, the extent of Scotland’s fuel poverty problem has been geographically captured for the first time. Figures mapped...

Over half of renters in Scotland are worried about paying their energy bills this winter

 Over half of renters in Scotland are worried about  paying their energy bills this winter 58% say they worry they may struggle to pay their energy bills and, 58%, their rent57% of renters say how they will pay their bills overall is an everyday concern72% of renters say landlords could do...

Energy Action Scotland response to BEIS ECO 4 Consultation

  Summary of our Response Alongside other key programmes, the GB wide Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has a significant positive impact on making energy more affordable for households that are struggling to pay their bills. Since ECO began in January 2013 it has contributed to the installation...

Energy Action Scotland response to BEIS Warm Home Discount Scheme 2022-26 Consultation

  Energy Action Scotland’s response focuses primarily on those areas that it considers may impact most on fuel poor and vulnerable consumers. Energy Action Scotland is not a health organisation, but we are concerned about the health impacts of living in fuel poverty and that respiratory condi...

Devastating increase energy price rises announced by regulator

Today the GB energy regulator, Ofgem, has announced the biggest ever increase to the energy price cap.  The increase of £153 for prepayment customers and £139 from those paying by direct debit is likely to result in suppliers putting their prices up in October. In Scotland, there are already...

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

The new report “Maximising the smart meter roll-out for pre-payment customers” captures insights and views from over 130 organisations across the UK who work with low income and vulnerable energy consumers, alongside interviews with key industry and government stakeholders and vulnerable ‘pay...

Energy Action Scotland Manifesto 2021 - Call for changes to winter payments to cut fuel poverty

Scotland’s fuel poverty champions, Energy Action Scotland, is calling for winter fuel and cold weather payments to be more closely targeted at people who need it most. The energy efficiency charity is calling for a post May administration to make changes to the way fuel payments are made to hel...

Gary Maclean helps release pressure for families in fuel poverty

  Scotland’s national chef, Gary Maclean, is backing a new campaign to help families struggling with rising fuel bills by providing tasty ways of keeping costs down. Masterchef: The Professionals champion, Gary, has teamed up with fuel poverty champions Energy Action Scotland, to supply en...

Things just got tougher

The energy regulator Ofgem has today announced an £96 increase to the energy price cap. The increase is likely to result in suppliers putting their prices up in the coming weeks before the new cap level takes effect in April. Frazer Scott, Chief Executive of fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scot...

Smart Energy GB in Communities - grant funding now available

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s their task to help everyone understand smart meters and how to get the best from them.  Working with and through partnership organisations – from across the voluntary, private and public sectors - is a central part of the c...

Challenge Poverty Week: Helping Families Cook

 As we remain at home with the nights drawing in and no end to COVID-19 and it’s harsh restrictions in sight, I’m doubly grateful to be working from a home that’s warm & dry. I’m not stressed about the washing machine, the tumble dryer and all the other essential household goods and...

Call for Mercy as Energy Companies Allowed to Pursue Lockdown Debts

Energy Action Scotland has today called on First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon to intervene as energy companies are permitted to pursue unpaid energy bills.With 25% of households in Scotland living in fuel poverty and 30% of the newly unemployed destined to join them, academics and organisations includi...

New Chief Executive for Energy Action Scotland

Frazer Scott has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Energy Action Scotland.Announcing the appointment Stewart Wilson, Convener of Energy Action Scotland, said:“I am delighted that Frazer will be leading Energy Action Scotland at this critical moment in tackling fuel poverty.Read the full...

Letter: Electric Vehicle Charge is Tax On the Fuel Poor

Norman Kerr OBE, Director of Energy Action Scotland has today called on all political parties to reduce the burden of fuel poverty in Scotland by adding the levy on consumer bills for investment to general taxation. He asks that the infrastructure required to support a move to electric vehicles not...

Energy Efficiency, Fuel Poverty and Sustaining Tenancies in the Private Rented Sector

As the number of new home-owners declines resulting in increasing numbers of people living in rented accommodation, EAS will be hosting a breakthrough conference in Glasgow which will focus on the future regulation of energy efficiency in private rented sector (PRS) homes across Scotland.The event i...

Challenge Poverty Week blog by EAS Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Kate Cunningham

In recent years we have seen a refocusing of policy away from health as the descriptor for our desired state of being to wellness and wellbeing as a wider encompassing of all that is important and indeed possible for us as human beings in Scotland. Read the full blog...

New report warns failing fuel poverty strategies will leave flagship net zero commitment dead in the water

A new report recently released [Tuesday 17th September] claims thousands of people across the UK will die this coming winter as national strategies to keep people warm are failing them. The new report also highlights that floundering progress to improve domestic energy efficiency will leave the UK G...

Energy Action Scotland Annual Conference 2019

Date: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November 2019Location: Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Clydebank, GlasgowThe title of this conference is:  Holding a Mirror up to Fuel PovertyThe conference is being supported by SSE Energy ServicesThe programme outline is now available hereand the booking form...

Response to Scottish Government Consultation on the Enhanced Heating Regimes within the new definition of Fuel Poverty

EAS welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation.Read full response...

Response to Scottish Government’s Consultation on Disability Assistance in Scotland

Full written response from Energy Action Scotland to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Disability Assistance in ScotlandRead full response...

EAS response to the Local Government and Communities Committee for their Call for Evidence on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill

Full written response from Energy Action Scotland to the Local Government and Communities Committee for their Call for Evidence on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill.Read full response...

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