A fuel poverty charity has told the government how to help vulnerable households stay warm.
The report from National Energy Action (NEA) comes on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and suggests a number of measures to help provide greater support to people suffering from fuel poverty.
It recommends the UK Government makes funds available for fully funded first time gas central heating systems to complete gas connections to fuel poor homes.
This would allow them to benefit from support offered by gas companies through the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme (FPNES).
It says a fund of £37.5 million could support around 9,375 vulnerable households and deliver up to £142 million in lifetime bill savings.
The charity has also said BEIS should align future energy suppliers’ fuel poverty obligations with fuel poor gas connections to ensure non-gas homes can connect to the network.
Energy Networks Association Chief Executive David Smith said: “Through the FPNES gas network companies work closely with communities, fuel poor partners and organisations like NEA to support the effort to combat fuel poverty.
“On Fuel Poverty Awareness Day we ask that the Government seriously consider the conclusions and recommendations in the report in time for the upcoming Budget and help make a real difference to thousands of households who potentially miss out under supplier led schemes.”
Fuel poverty in Scotland is significantly worse than in the rest of the UK.