CIH Scotland calls for clarity on funding for Fuel Poverty measures
In its submission to the Finance and Constitution Committee on the financial memorandum of the Fuel Poverty Bill, CIH Scotland has called for the Scottish Government to be realistic and clear about the resources needed to achieve the new fuel poverty target.
The Bill sets out proposals for a new statutory target to reduce fuel poverty to no more than 5% of households in Scotland by 2040. It also introduces a new definition of fuel poverty and a duty for Ministers to publish a fuel poverty strategy and report on progress every five years.
CIH Scotland has welcomed the focus on reducing fuel poverty but called for more ambitious targets backed by the resources needed to achieve real change. Despite a previous target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, 26.5% of households in Scotland are still living in fuel poverty.
CIH Scotland policy and practice manager, Ashley Campbell said:
“We absolutely support the need for homes across all tenures to be more energy efficient and want to see every person in Scotland living in a home that they can afford to heat. We have welcomed the introduction of a new statutory target but more can and must be done before 2040 – it is not acceptable to leave thousands of households in fuel poverty for the next 20 years.
“The Scottish Government needs to invest more in energy efficiency measures, advice and information if it is serious about tackling fuel poverty. While the financial memorandum only covers the direct costs to the Government we need decisions on how much money will be spent and whether it is to come from landlords, taxpayers or the private sector. Recent figures showing winter deaths at their highest level in 18 years show that more of the same will not be enough to make the changes we need to end fuel poverty.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at: www.cih.org2. CIH Scotland’s submission to the committee can be downloaded here.
3. For further information, please contact Ashley Campbell, policy and practice manager at CIH Scotland on 0131 225 4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org