Fuel Poverty

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 22nd March 2011.

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Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour

Question S3O-13424

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to tackle fuel poverty.

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

This year, we have helped over 200,000 people through the Energy Assistance Package through free heating help, insulation, tax credit and benefit entitlement checks and general energy efficiency advice. Since its implementation in April 2009 the EAP has delivered heating measures (complete systems and boilers) for over 19,000 homes. We are focusing on improving domestic energy efficiency because that is where we have full powers to act. With more powers for this Parliament, we could tackle the two most important causes affecting fuel poverty; that is incomes and energy prices.

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