CIH Scotland welcomes new Fuel Poverty target but calls for more ‘meaningful’ progress towards eradication
CIH Scotland has welcomed the introduction of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill but has called on the Scottish Government to take action to ensure that meaningful progress is made towards eradicating fuel poverty.
Currently, 26.5% of households in Scotland are still living in fuel poverty despite significant investment in improving homes, particularly in the social rented sector. The Bill proposes a new statutory target of no more than 5% of households to be living in fuel poverty by 2040, reduced from the previously proposed target of no more than 10%. Responding to a consultation on fuel poverty earlier this year, CIH Scotland called for a more ambitious target, underpinned by funding and support to improve homes across all tenures.
Annie Mauger, CIH Scotland Director said:
“There are still far too many people living in homes that they can’t afford to heat. We welcome the recognition from Scottish Government that this issue needs to be tackled and that the target has been revised from 10% of households down to 5% by 2040. But we think that more can and should be done before 2040. We want to make sure that every home in Scotland is warm and safe and were disappointed to see that the Scottish Government’s recently published consultation, Energy Efficient Scotland, suggests delaying regulation of energy efficiency for home owners until 2030 at the earliest.
“Cold, damp homes are bad for people’s health and wellbeing and poor energy efficiency means that many people have to make difficult decisions on whether to heat their homes or pay for other essentials. The social housing sector has been leading the way on energy efficiency and we want to see these high standards replicated across tenures so that everyone feels the benefit.”
Notes to Editors
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2. For further information, please contact Ashley Campbell, Policy and Practice Manager at CIH Scotland on 0131 225 4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org