Scottish government figures for 2016 show that 649,000 households spent 10% of income on fuel to warm the home. Fuel poverty has fallen by nearly 100,000 households in a year, according to the latest home conditions survey. The Scottish government figures show that in 2016, 649,000 households had to spend more than 10% of income on fuel to warm the home. According to statisticians, two thirds of the change was explained by falling energy prices, and one third by improved energy efficiency. Very little of the change was explained by rising income. The improvement was clearest in the private sector, compared with social housing. Fuel poverty is clearly more widespread in rural homes.
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Sarah Beattie-Smith of WWF Scotland said: “While the decline in the number of households living in fuel poverty is welcome news, at nearly 27 per cent of all homes the level is still unacceptably high.” She called for increased investment in energy efficiency and the use of next year’s Warm Homes Bill “to set ambitious new targets and milestones for a transformation of Scotland’s homes over the coming decades”. Sarah Boyack of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said: “The figures demonstrate that social landlords need more support to further improve the energy efficiency of their stock.”
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