On Thursday 16th March, the Scottish Government released two sets of poverty statistics, on how many people live in poverty and on how many people live in ‘persistent poverty’, in other words, have been in poverty for three of the last four years. The figures are stark. 17% of Scotland’s population live in poverty before […]
There has been a lot of attention recently on fuel poverty, and 748,000 fuel poor households marked a failed target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016. Two major reports were published last year by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force, and a Warm Homes Bill […]
The health implications of fuel poverty are well understood and widely accepted. Health, fuel poverty and cold homes are inextricably linked and the relationship is bi-directional: poor health increases susceptibility to fuel poverty, and fuel poverty can result in poor health. Certain aspects of medical care also exacerbate the consequences of not being able to […]
At Shelter Scotland, all our advice and support services, and campaigning and policy activity is centered around our mission statement: Until there’s a home for everyone. This is not just about bricks and mortar – but making sure housing is safe, secure and affordable. This is where our work around fuel poverty comes in.
In 2014-15, over 65,000 different households in Scotland approached their local authority for help with housing, either through the housing options service (58,825 approaches) or the homelessness route (35,764 applications).