Eradicating Fuel Poverty: Delivering Warm Homes

Targets for eradicating fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016 have been missed and the Scottish Working Group on Fuel Poverty have suggested re-defining the concept itself. The Scottish Government have made a commitment to act on this with an independent review and a commitment to taking forward a Warm Homes Bill in this parliament.  Funds are also being made available to make homes and buildings warmer and cheaper to heat. 


Join us at this Holyrood policy and practice seminar to examine the next steps for eradicating fuel poverty and delivering warmer homes for Scotland. We examine different approaches to the issue, considering how housing, energy, welfare and health sectors deal with fuel poverty. Receive an up-to-date briefing on policy and hear about existing practice and solutions for eradicating fuel poverty in both urban and rural Scotland. 

Key issues to be addressed: 

  • Current and future policy on fuel poverty and the impact that changes to definition and approach will have across Scotland
  • Existing good practice of those working to end fuel poverty and how Scotland's approach compares to other nations
  • What needs to happen next to eradicate fuel poverty and how can organisations working in housing, energy, poverty and health contribute to this objective
  • Examine the distinction between rural and urban fuel poverty
  • Who is most impacted by fuel poverty - understanding the prevalence of fuel poverty in your local population


09:00   Registration and refreshments

09:30   Welcome and introduction from the Chair

      Sarah Boyack, Visiting Lecturer, Heriot Watt University and former Co-Convenor of Cross Party Group on Energy Efficiency

Session 1: Policy Context and Update

09:35   Morning Keynote Address 

A Scotland Without Fuel Poverty? Moving from Vision to Reality

  • Scotland’s Current and Future Approach to Eradicating Fuel Poverty
  • Recommendations of the Scottish Working Group on Fuel Poverty
  • Policy moving forward

      Professor David Sigsworth OBE, Chair, Fuel Poverty Strategic Group

09:55   Questions to Professor Sigsworth

10:00   Delivering Affordable Warmth in Rural Scotland 

  • The rural dimension to fuel poverty
  • Realistic and practicable set of actions to deliver warmth
  • A rural-proofed plan for effective delivery
  • Top strategic priorities 

       Di Alexander, Chairman, Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Taskforce

10:20   Delivering fuel poverty programmes: successes and challenges

  • Delivering the national fuel poverty programme Warmer Homes Scotland
  • Planned approaches through area-based schemes
  • Building wider partnerships
  • Ensuring householders reap the benefits of energy efficiency measures
  • Additional support for householders

     Teresa Bray, Chief Executive, Changeworks

10:40   Questions and Discussion   

11:00   Networking and Refreshments

Session 2: Examining Different Approaches for Eradicating Fuel Poverty

11:20 Hidden Geographies: Going Beyond a Conventional Approach

  • Approaching the problem from an individual rather than household perspective
  • Tackling fuel poverty as a welfare issue to be considered by frontline service providers
  • The Speird Project
  • A new UK Fuel Poverty Research Network

     Dr Keith Baker, Built Environment Asset Management Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University

11:40   Scotland’s Approach in the Wider Context

  • Learning from looking at other home nations tackling fuel poverty
  • Focusing on low-incomes and energy inefficiency
  • Embedding fuel poverty in overall housing policy and what impact this should have

     Dr Brenda Boardman MBE FEI, Emeritus Fellow, University of Oxford, author of Fixing Fuel Poverty: Challenges and Solutions

12:00 Working with the health sector to tackle fuel poverty

  • The Healthy Homes Project
  • Fuel Poverty Training for Health and Social Care Practitioners
  • Recommendations moving forward

      Lisa Glass, Policy Officer, Shelter Scotland

12:20   Questions and Discussion

12:45    Lunch and Networking 

Session 3: Sharing Good Practice

13:30   Innovating to Tackle Fuel Poverty

  • Developing and implementing local solutions to addressing fuel poverty using innovative heat batteries
  • How this works across different property types and links local energy demand to local energy production
  • The benefits of local heat storage and the impact on tenants cost of living

     Richard Jennings, Managing Director, Castle Rock Edinvar

     Andrew Bissell, CEO, Sunamp Ltd

13:50   Our Power: Making Energy Supply Fairer

  • Understanding the role of energy supply in tackling fuel poverty
  • Developing and implementing non-profit distributing energy supply and the challenges faced by new market entrants
  • The key role that social housing providers can play
  • Changing energy markets and the priorities for next five years.

     Alister Steele, Chairman, Our Power

14:10   Closing Keynote Address 

  • EAS recommendations for tackling fuel poverty
  • Setting an ambitious but realistic target and producing a strategy and action plan
  • The role of new devolved powers

      Norman Kerr OBE, Director, Energy Action Scotland

14:30   Questions and discussion

15:00   Close of Event 

*agenda subject to changes 

Venue and Cost

Nasuwt, 35 Young St N Ln, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD | Map | t: 0131 226 8480

Delegate Rates: 

  • Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

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1 March 2017



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