Date lodged: 19 May 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many off-grid energy households it estimates there are in the (a) Falkirk East and (b) Falkirk West parliamentary constituency.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 26 May 2016
The Scottish House Condition Survey (SHCS) provides estimates of the number of households within the coverage of the gas distribution network. The most recent statistics relating to council areas for the period 2012-2014 were published in January 2016 http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/SHCS/keyanalyses/LAtables2014. The SCHS is not designed to produce estimates for Parliamentary constituencies.
According to the SHCS, between 2012 and 2014 there were around 10,000 households in the Falkirk Council area which were off the gas grid, which is equivalent to 14% of all households. Allowing for the margin of error, the number of households estimated to be off the gas grid is between 6,000 and 13,000.
In the SHCS, gas grid coverage is determined on the basis of the distance of dwellings from low/medium pressure gas distribution pipes. Dwellings within 63 meters of the gas distribution network are considered within the coverage of the gas grid. This does not mean those dwellings are necessarily connected to the grid.