Fuel poverty and climate change in South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council is committed to achieving the Scottish Government’s objective of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016, as far as is reasonably practicable. Our approach to tackling fuel poverty is multi-faceted and supports people in all types of housing circumstance.

In addition to the challenging targets relating to fuel poverty the Scottish Government has introduced targets in relation to climate change. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 placed a duty on public bodies to help reduce Scotland’s CO2 emissions. Around 25% of greenhouse gas emissions derive from houses.

The Housing Service and partner agencies intend to achieve five outcomes relating to fuel poverty and climate change:

  1. Reduction in households in fuel poverty in line with achieving the Scottish Government objective of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016;
  2. Reduction in households in extreme fuel poverty;
  3. Reduction of pensioner households in fuel poverty;
  4. An increase in the percentage of private properties with National Energy Housing Rating score between 6 – 10;
  5. Scottish Housing Quality Standard compliance in social rented stock by 2015.

The approach we are adopting has five key strands:

  1. Partnership Working
    We will identify areas at risk of fuel poverty and deliver advice and support.
  2. Communication
    We will widen access to advice and support about energy efficiency and target households most vulnerable to fuel poverty
  3. Improving Energy Efficiency and Supporting Renewable Energy Sources
    We will work towards Scottish Housing Quality Standard within the social rented sector and maximise access to various funding streams, e.g. Universal Home Insulation Scheme Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
  4. New Build Provision
    We will ensure Local Authority & RSL new build properties are completed to the highest levels of energy efficiency.
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation
    We will keep up to date with progress through the Local Housing Strategy monitoring tool

Please refer to our Fuel Poverty and Climate Change Statement for more details.

South Ayrshire continue to access available funding streams and the accompanying document outlines our statement of intent in relation to accessing Flexible Eligibility funding through the Energy Contribution Obligation (ECO) scheme. Following the transition to ECO-3 South, Ayrshire Council will continue to promote access to available funding streams and our revised Statement of Intent outlines the position in relation to this funding.