A household is defined as being in fuel poverty if in order to maintain an acceptably warm home it would need to spend more than 10% of its income on household fuel use.
Extreme fuel poverty is the same, but with a household spending more than 20% of income.
Our Home Energy Advice team can help households in fuel poverty in a number of ways including:
1 in 3 local households is fuel poor. In Clackmannanshire, 49% of single pensioner households are classified as being in fuel poverty, as are 26% of owner occupiers and 47% of social housing tenants who have a long term illness or disability. 26% of children in Clackmannanshire live in fuel poverty. For many families, keeping their home warm is just another worry on top of many others.
Energy Action Scotland (EAS) campaigns for an end to fuel poverty in Scotland. Their website, which contains up to date research.
The Scottish Government's strategy on tackling fuel poverty may also be of interest.
Home Energy Advice Team
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000