A third of North East families still suffering from fuel poverty


The Scottish Government have admitted their failure to meet fuel poverty targets set for the end of 2016 as figures show that around a third on households still struggle to pay their heating bills.

Before the Scottish Parliament elections in 2007 the SNP made cast iron commitment to eradicate fuel poverty by the end of 2016 but over the past five years, in most local authority areas, cases of fuel poverty have either gone up or stayed the same.

 

Figures for the North East show that very little has changed, with Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus ranging between 29% and 43% respectively. There has also been very little improvement in cases of extreme fuel poverty with figures of around 6-14% across the North East region.

 

North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “This is not just another SNP failure, it is neglect of the worse kind. These figures mean that thousands of families and individuals are struggling to heat their homes. Over a million people across Scotland.

 

“That means that there are children, elderly and the most vulnerable in our society going without adequate heating. On top of that, it is well reported that cold and damp homes can lead to further health problems down the line.

 

“In the North East we often get the coldest temperatures in the country so it’s no wonder that almost a third of households are struggling. In rural parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus, one in seven spend more than 20% of their income on their energy bills.

 

“It is time for the Scottish Government to wake up. It is no use promising election after election that they are going to do something about this very serious issue. We need a complete rethink, with proper investment and targeting of resources to the worst cases. No more half measures.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • The  Scottish House Condition Survey - Local Authority Analyses 2013 – 2015 can be found here.

 

Fuel Poverty Statistics 

           
             

Local Authority

% 2013-2015

% 2012-2014

% 2011-2013

 

% Change

 
             

Aberdeen City

28%

29%

30%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Aberdeenshire

38%

39%

43%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Angus

43%

42%

37%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Argyll and Bute

48%

40%

43%

 

Increased by 8%

 

Clackmannanshire

32%

32%

35%

 

No change

 

Dumfries and Galloway

45%

46%

45%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Dundee City

37%

41%

42%

 

Decreased by 4%

 

East Ayrshire

38%

38%

35%

 

No change

 

East Dunbartonshire

26%

28%

33%

 

Decreased by 2%

 

East Lothian

31%

33%

34%

 

Decreased by 2%

 

East Renfrewshire

31%

32%

33%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

City of Edinburgh

24%

25%

26%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Eilean Siar

59%

62%

62%

 

Decreased by 3%

 

Falkirk

25%

28%

32%

 

Decreased by 3%

 

Fife

40%

36%

34%

 

Increased by 4%

 

Glasgow City

30%

34%

36%

 

Decreased by 4%

 

Highland

56%

55%

50%

 

Increased by 1%

 

Inverclyde

41%

43%

38%

 

Decreased by 2%

 

Midlothian

29%

30%

31%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Moray

46%

40%

36%

 

Increased by 6%

 

North Ayrshire

36%

40%

39%

 

Decreased by 4%

 

North Lanarkshire

31%

34%

41%

 

Decreased by 3%

 

Orkney Islands

65%

63%

58%

 

Increased by 2%

 

Perth and Kinross

37%

38%

35%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Renfrewshire

28%

29%

29%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Scottish Borders

38%

39%

43%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

Shetland Islands

52%

53%

43%

 

Decreased by 1%

 

South Ayrshire

32%

35%

39%

 

Decreased by 3%

 

South Lanarkshire

26%

30%

33%

 

Decreased by 4%

 

Stirling

29%

34%

38%

 

Decreased by 5%

 

West Dunbartonshire

26%

29%

30%

 

Decreased by 3%

 

West Lothian

29%

29%

23%

 

No change

 

 Scotland

34%

35%

36%

 

Decreased by 1%

 
             
           

Breakdown Change in LAs:

             
           

No change = 3

           

Decreased by 1% = 11

           

Deceased by more than 1% = 13

           

Increased = 5

 

Extreme Fuel Poverty Statistics 

       
             

Local Authority

% 2013-2015

% 2012-2014

% 2011-2013

 

% Change

 
             

Aberdeen City

9%

9%

8%

 

No change

 

Aberdeenshire

14%

14%

17%

 

No change

 

Angus

13%

13%

11%

 

No change

 

Argyll and Bute

16%

14%

14%

 

Increase by 2%

 

Clackmannanshire

8%

7%

8%

 

Increase by 1%

 

Dumfries and Galloway

13%

15%

14%

 

Decrease by 2%

 

Dundee City

6%

7%

11%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

East Ayrshire

8%

9%

8%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

East Dunbartonshire

5%

6%

9%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

East Lothian

6%

7%

9%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

East Renfrewshire

9%

10%

11%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

City of Edinburgh

6%

6%

7%

 

No change

 

Eilean Siar

25%

26%

24%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

Falkirk

6%

7%

5%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

Fife

9%

11%

11%

 

Decrease by 2%

 

Glasgow City

8%

8%

8%

 

No change

 

Highland

21%

23%

18%

 

Decrease by 2%

 

Inverclyde

7%

6%

4%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

Midlothian

5%

7%

8%

 

Decrease by 2%

 

Moray

13%

12%

13%

 

Increase by 1%

 

North Ayrshire

10%

9%

8%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

North Lanarkshire

5%

6%

7%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

Orkney Islands

30%

30%

28%

 

No change

 

Perth and Kinross

12%

12%

10%

 

No change

 

Renfrewshire

7%

7%

7%

 

No change

 

Scottish Borders

14%

14%

12%

 

No change

 

Shetland Islands

19%

19%

13%

 

No change

 

South Ayrshire

9%

9%

12%

 

No change

 

South Lanarkshire

6%

7%

8%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

Stirling

7%

10%

13%

 

Decrease by 3%

 

West Dunbartonshire

5%

6%

5%

 

Decrease by 1%

 

West Lothian

7%

5%

4%

 

Decrease by 2%

 

Scotland

9%

10%

10%

 

Decrease by 1%

             
           

Breakdown Change in LAs:

             
           

No change = 11

           

Decreased by 1% = 12

           

Deceased by more than 1% = 6


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