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S5W-04350: Jenny Marra (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-00255 by Angela Constance on 26 October 2016, what consideration it has made of the request from Energy Action Scotland for ministers to reset the target to eliminate fuel poverty.

Answered by: Angela Constance 7 November 2016

It is important that we do not rush into setting a new target before developing a strategy that takes account of the findings of the reports by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force published on 24 October 2016.

Over 100 recommendations were made, many of which are complex and have wider implications that must be considered alongside other policies. The Housing Minister will be attending the next meeting of the Fuel Poverty Forum on 15 December to discuss the issues in more detail.

We will work closely with the Fuel Poverty Forum to take forward the recommendations from these reports, which are the first step in the development of our new fuel poverty strategy and will inform our approach to tackling fuel poverty and improving the energy efficiency of people’s homes wherever they live in Scotland.