Fuel poverty

Reduction in fuel costs the only answer

Fuel poverty is generally caused by three main factors – low income, energy inefficient housing, and fuel costs. There are two formal definitions banded about for “fuel poverty”, one which would mean we had [in 2019] 1,000 households living in fuel poverty, and another definition that suggests this figure is more like 3,000. We are […] Shetland News …


Help available for those struggling with high energy costs

SHETLAND Islands Council is encouraging households who might be struggling with energy costs to consider applying for assistance from the Home Heating Support Fund. The Home Heating Support Fund provides financial relief to Scottish households experiencing significant financial hardship, regardless of the fuel or payment method used. Eligibility for funding depends on certain criteria being […] Shetland News …


Fuel poverty facts speak for themselves

MUCH has been made in the press over the last few months about the level of fuel poverty in Shetland. All fuel poverty is bad news but if, by the current definition, you’re living in extreme fuel poverty then you are deemed to be at least twice as badly off as someone who is officially […] Shetland News …


SIC embarks on campaign for cheaper electricity prices

MOVES to supply offshore oil and gas facilities with renewable energy generated in Shetland could open up an avenue towards much cheaper electricity prices for islanders, Shetland Islands Council (SIC) believes. The SIC has already initiated talks with the UK Government with the aim of overhauling the energy markets’ regulatory framework, a pre-condition to make […] Shetland News …


Latest figures confirm extent of fuel poverty

WITH the latest Scottish house condition figures confirming once again the level of fuel poverty across the isles, energy advisers are reminding people that financial help for home energy improvements is available. According to the Scottish house condition survey published on Tuesday, 14 per cent of dwellings in Shetland are in the least energy efficient category, […] Shetland News …