The Scottish Government Fuel Poverty Team are organising four consultation events in September on the final Fuel Poverty Strategy.
The 2020 Programme for Government (this link will take you away from our website) commits the Scottish Government to publishing its Final Fuel Poverty Strategy by the end of this year. This Strategy will set out how the Scottish Government intends to achieve the highly ambitious targets for reducing fuel poverty set out in the 2019 Act (this link will take you away from our website).
The Scottish Government previously consulted on the Draft Fuel Poverty Strategy which was published in 2018 and is available here (this link will take you away from our website). The Final Fuel Poverty Strategy builds on this Draft and the draft impact assessments carried out at that time. Additionally, they will also be taking forwards an Islands Impact Assessment. It also reflects the learnings of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the context of the climate emergency.
As part of the Strategy development process, the Scottish Government Fuel Poverty Team are holding targeted online consultation events via MS Teams with stakeholder organisations and individuals that have an interest in fuel poverty issues.
There are four consultation events, all of which will be held in the week commencing 13th September. Each event will follow the same format, therefore individuals only need to attend one event. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To maximise participation by everyone attending, each event will accommodate up to 20 participants and attendance is limited to one representative per organisation. The dates and times are:
- Monday 13th September, 10:00-12:00
- Tuesday 14th September, 10:00-12:00
- Wednesday 15th September, 14:00-16:00
- Thursday 16th September, 14:00-16:00
At each of the events, the Scottish Government intend to consult on the actions they are proposing to tackle the four drivers of fuel poverty, i.e. high energy prices; low net household incomes; poor domestic energy efficiency; and the use of energy in the home. Specifically, they will be seeking views on these actions, whether there are further actions that should be included, and whether there are any further considerations they should take account of, particularly in relation to differing rural and urban conditions, or the circumstances prevailing in island communities.
If you are interested in attending a consultation event, please contact the Scottish Government Fuel Poverty Team at email@example.com indicating which date would suit you best and who from your organisation is going to attend.