Scottish fuel poverty levels remained fairly unchanged throughout 2014

The levels of fuel poverty across Scotland remained fairly unchanged throughout the whole of 2014, with a total of 845,000 homes were fuel poor – or 34.9% – falling within this category, new figures released by the Scottish Government have been able to suggest.

Out of the aforementioned number of households, around 9.5% were living in “extreme” fuel poverty, the same figures have found.

The figures remained similar to 2013 when 860,000 households lived in fuel poverty – 35.8%, despite average fuel prices increasing by 3.5% between 2013 and 2014, it added.

The impact of this increase in fuel poverty was mitigated by a rise in average net household income and improvements in the overall energy efficiency of the housing stock.

The report stated: “The extent to which home energy use is monitored by householders remains stable with 54% stating they monitor their energy use ‘very’ or ‘fairly closely’, 7% report owning an energy monitoring device – a 5% increase since 2008. Fuel poor households are no more likely to monitor their energy use or own an energy monitoring device.”

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