The Existing Homes Alliance  has welcomed the increased funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency announced in the draft Budget for 2022/23, but warned that next year’s Spending Review must show scaled up, multi-year commitments to eradicate fuel poverty and slash climate change emissions.
The draft budget  includes £194.3 million for fuel poverty and energy efficiency projects – a 3.4% increase on last year.
Kate Forbes, Finance Secretary set out three priority areas for the budget – business recovery, the transition to net zero and child poverty. Commenting on the draft Budget, Professor Lori McElroy, EHA Chair said “We recognise that this is a really difficult budget year but investing in energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation is a great way to help address all three of these priorities.
Whilst this budget is a small step in the right direction, it does not provide the scale of resources needed to deliver the Heat in Buildings Strategy  aim of transforming a million homes by 2030. With every budget year that passes, it becomes more and more challenging to meet Scotland’s fuel poverty and climate change targets.”
Professor McElroy said: “Next year’s Spending Review is an opportunity for the Scottish Government to put its money where its mouth is.” She added, “The First Minister was right when she said in her speech at COP26 that ‘to be credible, their pledges must be backed by action.’ We have the ambitious targets, we have a robust Heat in Buildings Strategy, now is the time to match that ambition with the financial commitment needed to encourage homeowners to invest, whilst ensuring no additional costs for those in or at risk of fuel poverty.”
Lori McElroy added: “The recent Climate Change Commission progress report for Scotland  identified that, whilst ambition was clear, there’s a lack of detail in some areas. Unfortunately, this budget will not alleviate these concerns, but we have an opportunity through the Spending Review to provide the assurance that the actions and resources committed match the urgency of the climate emergency.”
|1.||The Existing Homes Alliance
The Existing Homes Alliance is a coalition of housing, environmental, fuel poverty, consumer and industry organisations that believes Scotland’s existing homes must be transformed to help tackle fuel poverty and climate change.
|2.||Scottish Budget 2022/23
The Budget Statement 2022/23 was given to the Scottish Parliament on 9th December 2021.
|3.||Heat in Buildings Strategy
The Heat in Buildings Strategy sets an ambition to decarbonise one million homes by 2030.
|4.||UK Climate Change Commission
The UK CCC presented it’s progress report to the Scottish Parliament on 7th December 2021