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CIH Scotland urges more action to tackle fuel poverty


Key findings from the 2014 Scottish House Condition Survey have been published including updated fuel poverty rates, energy efficiency ratings, carbon emissions, Scottish Housing Quality Standard and disrepair.

Commenting on the figures, Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland policy and practice officer Ashley Campbell said:

“It is disappointing to see that despite significant investment in improving the energy efficiency standards of social housing across Scotland, there has been little change in levels of fuel poverty. A warm, safe home should not be seen as a privilege but the normal standard of healthy living across Scotland. It is simply not acceptable that more than a third of households were fuel poor and almost one in ten were living in extreme fuel poverty in 2014. Sadly, we are far from meeting the Scottish Government’s target of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016.

“These survey results make it clear that we must do more to tackle the scourge of fuel poverty by investing in housing across tenures, supporting private landlords and home owners to invest in their properties and making sure people have the information and advice they need to make positive choices about their energy use.”

She added:

“We welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement earlier this year that energy efficiency work will be classed as a National Infrastructure Priority but this must be underpinned by a comprehensive strategy for improvement and enough funding to really make a difference. Ministers have a chance to make a start on that strategy in tomorrow’s draft budget.”

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