Housing Minister Margaret Burgess MSP is expected to highlight the Scottish Government’s action to ensure everyone in Scotland can afford to heat their homes when she opens Energy Action Scotland’s national conference on fuel poverty.
The conference is entitled ‘Turning up the heat on fuel poverty’ and discussions will cover the progress being made to assist people and also what still needs to happen to solve the problem of cold, expensive to heat homes.
Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland, said: “Making sure that people can afford the basic right of living in a warm home is our key objective.
“With the target date to end fuel poverty exactly one year away, we are pressing the Scottish Government to set out how this can realistically be achieved.
“We are inviting the Minister and her colleagues in government to tap into the knowledge, practical experience and technical solutions that those working in the fuel poverty field – and indeed people experiencing fuel poverty – can bring forward to end the blight of this problem in Scotland.”
A range of agencies, charities and companies from across the country will come together at the two-day conference and its accompanying exhibition to discuss ways of turning cold, damp houses into warm, dry homes.
Burgess said: “Tackling inequality is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s commitment to creating a fairer country for all and we remain committed to tackling fuel poverty. We have allocated over half a billion pounds since 2009 on a raft of fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes and this year a record budget of £119 million is being made available for this.
“The new Warmer Homes Scotland scheme, worth up to £224 million over the next 7 years, will help as many as 28,000 Scots heat their homes. Through this scheme, we will deliver the best possible help to thousands of people who are blighted by fuel poverty, struggling to keep their homes warm and pay their energy bills.”