Friday, 3 February 2017

Fear that Energy Price Rises will Push Up Fuel Poverty

The news today (Feb 3) that npower is increasing its electricity and gas prices for customers next month by up to 15 per cent will without doubt set off alarm bells for many people already struggling to afford their fuel bills. Some other energy companies have already said they also expect to increase prices this spring.

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

First Comprehensive Study of Scottish Projects Dealing with the Health Implications of Fuel Poverty

The vital and sometimes life-saving work carried out by dozens of organisations across Scotland that tackle health issues caused by fuel poverty has been mapped in a new report published today, Thursday 02 February 2017.

‘Health-Related Fuel Poverty Schemes in Scotland’ (1) has been co-authored by Shelter Scotland and Energy Action Scotland.

The authors say they hope the learnings from the report – such as the difficulties in accessing what can be short-term, ad hoc funding and dealing with data-protection issues – will lead to a more cohesive, national approach for tackling fuel poverty-related health issues.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Energy Action Scotland Reaction to new Scottish Fuel Poverty Figures Published

The fall in the level of fuel poverty in Scotland, as announced today (6 December) is welcome news in that the figure is moving in the right direction and means fewer people are living in cold, damp homes compared to the previous year.  But unfortunately the change does not signify ‘job done’ as the new figure for 2015 is still higher than the first ever measurement of fuel poverty in 1996.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Fuel Poverty Matters - Minister to Address National Conference on Fuel Poverty

Action to bring an end to fuel poverty and to ensure no-one in Scotland has to live in a cold, damp home will be the keynote message from the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP when he opens a national conference entitled ‘Fuel Poverty Matters’today (3 November).

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Monday, 24 October 2016

National Fuel Poverty Charity Reaction to Advisory Group Reports Published Today

Reacting to the publication today (24 October 2016) of the final reports of the two short-life advisory groups set up by the Scottish Government to review fuel poverty in Scotland, the national fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland is urging Scottish Ministers to now reset the target to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland.

Energy Action Scotland endorses the call to the Scottish Government by both the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force for the new policy to “be firmly based on the principle of social justice”.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Scottish Fuel Poverty Target Missed

The admission that has finally come today from the Scottish Government that it will not meet its target to end fuel poverty in Scotland is deeply disappointing but not a surprise.

The Scottish Government has a statutory duty under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 to ‘ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016’.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Response to CMA Report on Energy Market Investigation

‘A mainly positive step that will help some of the most disadvantaged energy customers’.  This is the main reaction of the national fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland to the final report published today (24 June) by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on its investigation into the energy retail market.