Eradicating fuel poverty could take up to 28 years, Scottish party argues

The Scottish Greens have urged the Government to invest more in energy efficiency measures designed to eradicate fuel poverty, as the current levels would see the phenomenon eradicated in up to 28 years, a recent news report has been able to reveal.

The Scottish Government figures showed that 940,000 households were in fuel poverty in 2013.

The Greens have urged ministers to dramatically increase investment in energy efficiency measures for housing to speed up progress.

The party warned that at the current rate, eradicating fuel poverty will take decades.

Through Home Energy Efficiency Programmes (Heeps), they say the Government helped just 33,000 homes in 2013/14. Measures included new boilers, gas central heating and wall insulation.

At a meeting of Holyrood’s Economy Committee last week, Norman Kerr of charity Energy Action Scotland told MSPs that “the fuel poverty target will not be reached, and by some considerable way”.

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