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Fuel poverty strategic outcome statement
The fuel poverty strategic outcome statement and action plan aim to eradicate fuel poverty for all properties, as far as is reasonably practicable, by 2016. Fuel poverty will be decreased by 5% each year across all tenures. This strategic outcome statement demonstrates our commitment to eradicating fuel poverty.
A household is in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime, it would need to spend more than 10% of its income (including housing benefit or income support for mortgage interest) on household fuel use.
Household income is income before housing costs and mirrors the definition in the UK Households Average Income (HBAI) Statistics.
A satisfactory heating regime are the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation:
- For elderly and infirm households, this is 23° C in the living room and 18° C in other rooms, for 16 hours in every 24.
- For other households, this is 21° C in the living room and 18° C in other rooms for 9 hours in every 24 (or 16 in 24 over the weekend); with two hours being in the morning and seven hours in the evening.
In December 2012, the key findings of the Scottish House Condition Survey for 2011 were published. This estimated that around 38,000, about 35% of Aberdeenshire households, were in fuel poverty.
It is widely accepted that the price of fuel in the UK will continue to be volatile and very much dependent on the price of oil. We can do little to prevent fuel prices rising, but through our fuel poverty strategic outcome statement we will work in partnership with all relevant agencies to make sure the residents of Aberdeenshire get access to the most cost effective ways of paying for their domestic fuel.
We will also work to make sure:
- residents' homes are as energy efficient as possible,
- that fuel bills are kept as low as possible by maximising the uptake of insulation and energy efficiency measures, and
- encourage the use of renewable energy, where possible
The fuel poverty strategic outcome statement and action plan have been developed in association with SCARF (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel) and other partners. It demonstrates our commitment to eradicating fuel poverty in the area.
The aim for all Scottish local authorities is to eradicate fuel poverty as far as reasonably practicable by 2016.
The strategic outcome statement sets out a series of actions to reduce fuel poverty. These come under five main headings:
- To identify the issues relating to fuel poverty
- To improve the energy efficiency of housing in all tenures
- To maximise households' incomes
- To reduce fuel costs for households across Aberdeenshire
- To liaise between council departments and outside organisations to address fuel poverty
For more information please contact our Strategic Development Officer (private housing) on 01224 748990.