Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill

 

About the Bill

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to set a target relating to the eradication of fuel poverty; to define fuel poverty; to require the production of a fuel poverty strategy; and to make provision about reporting on fuel poverty.

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance MSP, on 26 June 2018.

Read the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill and its accompanying documents.

Scottish Government Briefings

The Scottish Government provided the Committee with the following briefing on the Bill:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 17 December 2018 with an updated briefing on the Bill:

SPICe Briefings

Stage 1

The Parliamentary Bureau has designated the Local Government and Communities Committee as the lead Committee for the Bill.

Call for Written Evidence

The Committee launched a call for written evidence on Monday 17 September 2018 as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. The Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill was introduced into Parliament by the Scottish Government on 26 June 2018. The Scottish Government explains that the Bill will set a target relating to the eradication of fuel poverty; define fuel poverty; require the production of a fuel poverty strategy; and creates a duty for the Scottish Government to report on fuel poverty.

Organisations and individuals were invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. These views will then inform the Committee’s scrutiny of the Bill. The call for written evidence is now closed.

Read the call for evidence

Written Submissions

The following written submissions were received:

Read the written submissions received

Summary of Written Submissions

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced the following summary of the written submissions received:

Oral Evidence

Wednesday 21 November 2018

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Elizabeth Leighton, Director, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland;
  • Craig Salter, Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland;
  • Linda Corbett, Energy Adviser, East Ayrshire Citizens Advice Bureau;
  • Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland;
  • Dion Alexander, Chairman, Highlands and Islands Housing Associations Affordable Warmth Group.

Papers for meeting on 21 November 2018
Official Report of meeting on 21 November 2018

Supplementary Written Submissions

The following supplementary written submissions were received from organisations who attended to give evidence at the meeting on 21 November 2018:

Wednesday 28 November 2018

The Committee took evidence from:

Panel 1:

  • Patrick Flynn, Head of Housing and Regeneration, Glasgow City Council;
  • Chris Bateman, Business Planning Manager, North Lanarkshire Council;
  • David Stewart, Policy Lead, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Alexander Macleod, Housing Manager (Strategy), Aberdeenshire Council;

Panel 2:

  • Paul Blacklock, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Calor Gas;
  • Ross Armstrong, Managing Director, Warmworks Scotland;
  • Simon Markall, Head of Public Affairs and Engagement, and Sarah Chisnall, Public Affairs Adviser - Scotland, Energy UK.

Papers for meeting on 28 November 2018
Official Report of meeting on 28 November 2018 

Supplementary Written Submissions 

The following supplementary written submissions were received from organisations who attended to give evidence at the meeting on 28 November 2018:

Wednesday 5 December 2018

The Committee took evidence from:

Panel 1:

  • Dr Keith Baker, Co-Founder, Energy Poverty Research Initiative
  • Professor Donald Hirsch, Director, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University

Panel 2:

  • Liz Marquis, Director, Energy Agency;
  • Lawrie Morgan Klein, Public Affairs Officer, StepChange Debt Charity Scotland;
  • Alasdair Calder, Housing Services: Home Energy Efficiency, and Bill Halliday, Team Lead for Housing Operations, Argyll and Bute Council.

Papers for meeting on 5 December 2018
Official Report of meeting on 5 December 2018

Supplementary Written Submissions

The following supplementary written submissions were received from organisations who attended to give evidence at the meeting on 5 December 2018:

Wednesday 19 December 2018

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Scottish Government

Papers for meeting on 19 December 2018
Official Report of meeting on 19 December 2018

Supplementary Written Submissions

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 14 January 2019 with follow-up information from the meeting on 19 December 2018:

Stage 2

Daily Lists of Amendments

Daily lists of amendments are published on the Bill's page here:

https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/108916.aspx

Pre-Stage 2 Consideration

Wednesday 13 March 2019

In advance of consideration of Stage 2 amendments on the Bill, the Committee took evidence on proposals in relation to adjusting the Minimum Income Standard from:

  • Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, and Ailie Clarkson, Statistician, Scottish Government.

Following the meeting on 13 March 2019, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener on 15 March 2019 in relation to proposals on extreme fuel poverty:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning also wrote to the Convener on 18 March 2019 with follow-up information from the meeting on 13 March 2019:

Ahead of the Committee's Stage 2 consideration of the Bill, the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener on 20 March 2019 with an overview of the series of amendments lodged by the Scottish Government:

Stage 2 Committee Consideration

Stage 2 (Day 1): Wednesday 27 March 2019

Stage 2 (Day 2): Wednesday 3 April 2019

Stage 3

Wednesday 6 June 2019

Stage 3 Proceedings

Marshalled list of amendments at Stage 3
Supplementary to Marshalled list of amendments at Stage 3
Official Report of Stage 3 proceedings
Minute of Stage 3 proceedings

Stage 3 Debate

Official Report of Stage 3 debate

Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 3

Bill as amended at Stage 3

Visits and Events

Visit to Dundee: 19 November 2018

Members of the Committee visited Dundee on Monday 19 November 2018 to hold a focus group with members of the public at Lochee Community Hub who were facing or had experienced fuel poverty. A summary note of the discussions held is published below:

Visit to the Western Isles: 6 and 7 December 2018

Members of the Committee visited Lewis and Harris in the Western Isles on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2018 to hear from members of the public who were facing or had experienced fuel poverty and to gain first-hand experience of the issues considered. A summary note of the visit is published below:

Correspondence

Following the publication of the Committee's Stage 1 report, COSLA wrote to members of the Committee on 13 February 2019 in relation to the Committee's recommendation in the report for statutory targets to be placed on local authorities:

Following the publication of the Committee's Stage 1 report, the Convener wrote to the UK Government on 14 February 2019 in relation to households seeking redress for defective work carried out under UK Government schemes:

The UK Government's Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth replied to the Convener's letter on 19 March 2019:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 22 February 2019 with options for a Remote Rural, Remote Small Town and Island Minimum Income Standard: 

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Committee on 15 May 2019 with details of the publication of the ‘Island Communities Impact Assessment on the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee on 30 May 2019:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener on 30 August 2019 in relation to implementing parts of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act:

The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning wrote to the Convener on 29 October 2019 in relation to the expected timeline of the of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act:

 

Work by other Committees

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee published its report on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill on 28 November 2019:

Report

The Committee's Stage 1 report was published on 29 January 2019:

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's Stage 1 report on 15 February 2019:

Debate

The Stage 1 debate on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill took place in the Chamber on Wednesday 20 February 2019:

 
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