Poverty

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour

Question S3W-39802

To ask the Scottish Executive how many children living in severe poverty are in families that have received free heating help.

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

There is currently no officially recognised measure of severe poverty in Scotland and therefore I am unable to give a definitive answer.

The Energy Assistance Package offers low income families living in an energy inefficient household measures to improve the energy efficiency of the house and therefore reduce bills. For the period 1 April 2010 to 31 January 2011; over 4,000 families have been referred to Scottish Gas for heating measures (complete heating systems and boilers) for which the average estimated annual saving per household is £669.

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