Category Archives: fuel poverty

Fuel Poverty Strategy

As the statutory target to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland has come and gone, will a new strategy do any better? The Scottish Government has published a consultation paper on a new fuel poverty strategy for Scotland. The consultation looks at the existing approach and legislative framework and sets out proposals for a new Fuel …

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Tackling fuel poverty

There has been a welcome drop in the number of households in fuel poverty in Scotland. However, it’s still a long way from the eradication that was supposed to happen this year and still higher than the first year statistics were collected in 1996. Some key points from the report: Between 2014 and 2015 the …

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What next for fuel poverty in Scotland?

The Scottish Government has finally admitted what has been obvious to everyone – they will not meet their statutory target of ending fuel poverty this year. Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 the Scottish Government has a statutory duty to; ‘ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that people are not living in fuel poverty in …

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Eliminating fuel poverty by Nov 2016? I think not.

Given the short term thinking that bedevils much political thinking, we can be forgiven for looking cynically at government targets that stretch long ahead of the political cycle. However, sometimes they catch up with governments. One such legislative target is the eradication of fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016. This target is given some …

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Pre-payment meters masking fuel poverty

Pre-payment energy meters are being used to mask the real levels of fuel poverty in the UK. An investigation by BBC 5 Live has highlighted that more than half a million pre-payment energy meters have been forcibly installed in people's homes over the last six years. Energy suppliers can gain a court order to install …

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Big Energy Saving Week and those switching sites

This is Big Energy Saving Week – an intensive information campaign that will urge people across the country to take advantage of cost-cutting schemes that could save them hundreds of pounds a year. The advice is free, and can be obtained from any CAB or from http://www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk or the campaign phoneline 0808 808 2282. In …

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Fuel Poverty – better or worse in an independent Scotland

Fuel poverty – better or worse in an independent Scotland? That was the question posed to a panel I participated in at the Energy Action Scotland annual conference today. I covered some of the issues in the energy chapter of the latest Red Book and I remain pretty sceptical that the independence on offer will …

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Ofgem price plans unlikely to make much difference

Will new price rules give energy consumers a “simpler, clearer, fairer market”? That’s the claim from Ofgem as they publish reform proposals to tackle widespread consumer confusion over tariffs. Andrew Wright, Senior Partner for Markets at Ofgem, said: “Our reforms today are the blueprint for the simpler, clearer and fairer energy market that consumers deserve. …

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Energy companies in bother

Scottish energy companies ScottishPower and SSE are in trouble with the regulator Ofgem for failing to meet targets aimed at improving energy efficiency in homes of vulnerable customers. ScottishPower only met 70% of its targets under the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), while SSE achieved 90.9% of the target and only failed because of some …

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Energy bills keep inflation high

The latest inflation figures remain significantly above target at 2.7% in December and hikes in gas and electricity bills prevented it from falling back. The Office for National Statistics said the rise in electricity and gas bills exerted the biggest upward influence on the annual inflation rate last month, as several companies raised their prices. …

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