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Energy, Climate Change and Fuel Poverty Working Group

image Published: Nov 13, 2014

It’s hard to open a newspaper today without reading about another controversial development relating to energy. As a society we struggle with the inevitable need to reduce carbon emissions, faced with difficult decisions around renewables, nuclear power and fracking. Prices of domestic energy continue to rise, adding to the pressure on some of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.

A working group of the Church & Society Council has begun to examine the issues around Fuel Poverty with the aim of reporting to the 2016 General Assembly. Some themes are already emerging:

  • People living in poverty typically pay significantly more for energy due to higher prepayment tariff rates, and because they can’t take advantage of on-line discounts or cheaper suppliers.
  • Rural communities are particularly affected by fuel poverty as they don’t have access to mains gas, and houses are often hard to heat due to their location and construction.

The working group will continue to look into these themes in 2015, along with issues such as the health effects of living in poorly heated houses and the impact of Scottish and UK government policies.

If you would like to find out more about the work of this group or would like to suggest aspects of fuel poverty that we should consider, please contact the chair, Finlay Buchanan via srtp.org.uk.
 

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