21 January 2020

A new report from the Scottish Government has revealed the state of housing stock in Scotland in 2018.

The report has revealed that in 2018 the number of households living in fuel poverty rose from 23.7 per cent in 2017 to 25 per cent, a quarter of all households.

279,000 households (11.3 per cent) in Scotland were in extreme fuel poverty in 2018, the report has found, and 95 per cent of houses in the bottom income band and 55 per cent of houses in the 2nd bottom income band were in fuel poverty.

68 per cent of households in the bottom tax band were in extreme fuel poverty.

Commenting, Scottish Labour Housing Spokesperson Pauline McNeill said:

“ Fuel poverty is a blight on our society and an outward symptom of wider societal inequality.

“No-one should be living in cold, damp or dilapidated housing, but in 2018 over 11 per cent of households were in extreme fuel poverty; with the poorest making up most of these households.

“Scottish Labour has a plan to take action to end the scandal of fuel poverty with a commitment to eradicate fuel poverty by 2032 in Scotland; we strongly encourage the government to work with us on this matter.

“ The SNP’s modest commitment to reduce fuel poverty, which they are far from achieving, is not enough. It’s time the government listened to Scottish Labour; not for our sake, but for those living in fuel poverty.”
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