Scotland saw ‘no real change in fuel poverty in 2014’

A total of 845,000 homes were fuel poor – or 34.9% – last year in Scotland. Around 9.5% were living in “extreme” fuel poverty, new figures from the Scottish Government revealed. […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A total of 845,000 homes were fuel poor – or 34.9% – last year in Scotland.

Around 9.5% were living in “extreme” fuel poverty, new figures from the Scottish Government revealed.

It released statistics on fuel poverty from January to December 2014.

The figures remained similar to 2013 when 860,000 households lived in fuel poverty – 35.8%.

Average fuel prices increased by 3.5% between 2013 and 2014, it added.

The impact of this increase in fuel poverty was mitigated by a rise in average net household income and improvements in the overall energy efficiency of the housing stock.

It also affected policy schemes delivering fuel bill rebates, the report added.

Around 30% of fuel poor households said their heating keeps them warm in the winter only sometimes (21%) or never (9%).

A total of 13% report they cannot afford to heat their homes.

The report stated: “The extent to which home energy use is monitored by householders remains stable with 54% stating they monitor their energy use ‘very’ or ‘fairly closely’, 7% report owning an energy monitoring device – a 5% increase since 2008. Fuel poor households are no more likely to monitor their energy use or own an energy monitoring device.”