Date lodged: 27 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how the level of excess winter death informed the drafting of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 11 December 2018
We recognise that living in an underheated home can have potential negative impacts on health, particularly for the elderly and people with pre-existing underlying conditions. That is a key reason why the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill sets such an ambitious target to bring down fuel poverty.
Alongside the Bill and the draft strategy we published a Health Impact Assessment . This provides details and evidence on the effects on health and wellbeing of living in an underheated home and of energy efficiency interventions, current partnership engagement with NHS Scotland and how we propose to build on this to help reduce health inequalities for those living in fuel poverty.