MINISTERS have been urged to support the setting up of an official consumer helpline to help take Scots out of fuel poverty. The advice line is one of the recommendations in a Citizens Advice Scotland report that warns that over one in ten Scottish households are using electric heating – the most expensive form of domestic fuel – and three times as costly as gas. It finds that those who rely on electric heat are almost twice as likely to be in fuel poverty compared to the population of Scotland as a whole. The report found that many using electricity are on low incomes and unlikely to access the support that is available or to switch to cheaper fuel sources. Official figures show that 26.5% of all Scots households are in fuel poverty, meaning that they spend more than 10% of household income on fuel. But the report says the fuel poverty figure for electricity users, according to 2016 data, is 51%, while for gas users it is 23%.
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