On 21 January, the Scottish Government issued its findings from the 2018 Scottish House Condition Survey.
The report found that the level of fuel poverty had remained relatively similar on the previous year, with 25% (or 619,000) households found to be fuel poor, up from 23.7% (or 583,00) in 2017. The trend also remained similar for those living in extreme fuel poverty, with 11.3% (or 279,000) in 2018, down from 11.9% (or 293,000) in 2017. The survey also saw 43% of Scottish homes in the highest energy efficiency bands – C or better.
Reacting to the figures, Citizens Advice Scotland spokesperson Dr Jamie Stewart said: “These figures are a sorry state of affairs for Scotland. Over 600,000 homes in fuel poverty, and 279,000 in extreme fuel poverty shows the staggering scale of this problem.”