This briefing is prepared for the Scottish Government debate in parliament on Taking Scotland Forward – Creating a Fairer Scotland, on 2 June 2016.
Scottish Parliament will debate Latest figures, from the Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) 2014, showed that an unacceptable number of households in Scotland continue to live in fuel poverty. These latest figures showed 34.9% or around 845,000 households were fuel poor and 9.5% were living in extreme fuel poverty. The figures showed no improvement from the previous year (2013). The figures for “extreme” fuel poverty have shifted just .5% (from 10% to 9.5%) since 2002. Scotland’s fuel poor are disproportionately living in cold, draughty homes. 73% of households with the worst performing Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F and G are fuel poor. Read more: