People living in fuel poverty should be involved in creating solutions

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 29th January 2019

Local Government Committee reports on Stage 1 of the Scottish Parliament's Fuel Poverty Bill.

The Bill aims to reduce fuel poverty to no more than 5 per cent of Scottish Households by 2040, requiring a fuel poverty strategy and reporting requirements to be set out by the Scottish Government at regular periods in the interim.

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee is scrutinising the Bill and has published a Stage 1 report informed by a recent call for evidence. The report notes the ALLIANCE’s call for significant involvement of people who live in fuel poverty in the process of creating and monitoring future solutions. In our response to the call for evidence we noted that “people living in fuel poverty are assets” in terms of future policy-making, with “valuable knowledge to help inform, identify and create effective solutions to complex challenges”.

The report also notes:

  • support for the principle of setting a statutory target for reducing fuel poverty within a set time period.
  • that the 5 per cent target should not be the limit of this or future government’s ambitions.
  • a recommendation that the Government should bring forward amendments to make at least some of its interim milestones.

The Committee’s report will be considered by the Scottish Parliament in the coming weeks.

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