The Existing Homes Alliance Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to accept as a matter of urgency a new expert recommendation that it eliminates poor building energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty.
The call follows the publication of two substantial reports by working groups on the topic of fuel poverty ahead of the November deadline for a legally binding target to eliminate fuel poverty in Scotland. Earlier this year the Scottish Government admitted it was likely to miss that target, set 15 years ago.
In particular, the Alliance urges all parties at Holyrood to support the recommendation of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group, of a milestone that ‘all properties of fuel poor households upgraded to at least an EPC band C by 2025’. Setting and achieving this as a new objective would cut winter deaths, reduce fuel bills, promote employment across the country, help reduce emissions, and is supported in a joint statement of more than 50 organisations .
Read the full press release fuelpovertyreports_exhapr_25oct16