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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:
Fuel poverty statistics are published by the Scottish Government in the Scottish House Condition Survey.
Three main factors interact to determine how easily a household can afford energy bills:
Clearly, households with low incomes and living in housing which is energy inefficient will particularly struggle to afford high electricity and gas prices.
Energy Action Scotland (EAS) campaigns for an end to fuel poverty in Scotland. Their website, which contains up to date research.
Home Energy Advice Team
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000