Energy Action Scotland (EAS) has welcomed the sharp drop in Scottish fuel poverty figures but has called for further action to eliminate the problem.
The new show that fuel poverty has dropped from 34.9% in 2014 to 30.7 in 2015 with around a third of the decrease due to home energy efficiency measures and half due to lower domestic energy prices.
Norman Kerr, Director, EAS, said: “Just last month the statutory duty under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 for the Scottish Government to eradicate fuel poverty expired and the target was missed. Two working groups were tasked to advise Scottish Ministers on their next steps and they have made over 100 recommendations.
“It is now vital that the Scottish Government uses this advice to develop a new strategy, set a new fuel poverty target and increase funding for its programmes in the upcoming Budget Statement.
“The progress to date on solving the problem of cold, damp and unaffordable to heat homes must not be lost, but can and should be built upon.”
The EAS has voiced strong support for the continuation of Scottish Government policies to continue tackling fuel poverty.