The Consumer Futures Unit of Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government's latest statistics on fuel poverty that were published today, saying that the reported drop in the rate of fuel poverty in Scotland is welcomed, but that there is no room for complacency.
Responding, Fraser Stewart, energy spokesperson said:
“We welcome the 4% decline in the rate of Scottish fuel poverty reported today. It shows that progress is being made at supporting Scottish households to affordably heat their homes.
“We cannot be complacent however. 30% of Scottish households are still living in fuel poverty. More than half of the reduction in households in fuel poverty last year was a result of the falling price of domestic fuels, and those people remain vulnerable to fuel price rises in the future.
“All of this comes in the wake of the failure to meet the statutory target of eradicating fuel poverty by November 2016 and the publication of two expert reports in October on fuel poverty for the Scottish Government.
“We urge the Scottish Government to respond to the recommendations made in the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and Rural Fuel Poverty Taskforce reports (see below) at the earliest opportunity”.
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The Scottish government has published its latest statistics on fuel poverty. See https://www.gov.scot/news/statistical-news-release-2016-12-06/
The recommendations of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group report can be seen at https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotland-without-fuel-poverty-fairer-scotland-four-steps-achieving-sustainable/pages/2/
The Executive Summary of the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force can be seen at https://www.gov.scot/publications/executive-summary-action-plan-deliver-affordable-warmth-rural-scotland-proposed/