SFHA calls for increased investment in energy efficiency of existing homes
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Bill Payments, Environment, Health
In response to the Scottish House Condition Survey: Key Findings 2012 Report published today (Tuesday 10th December), the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has called for increased investment in programmes to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes.
The federation said that while the statistics show a slight drop in levels of fuel poverty compared to October 2011, levels remain unacceptably high at 27%. (1)
David Stewart, SFHA Policy Manager said:
“While any reduction in fuel poverty is welcome, 27% is an unacceptably high level for an energy rich country like Scotland. We also know that these are historical figures relating to 2012 and come before the recent inflation bursting price rises by the ‘big six’ energy companies. If these prices were taken into account now, then it would be likely that current levels of fuel poverty would be higher.
“In recent years, investment in existing energy efficiency programmes has seen an improvement in Scotland’s housing. However, the level of investment needs to be significantly increased if we are to meet climate change targets and Scotland’s commitment to end fuel poverty by 2020. The publication of these statistics is timely, as a report by the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament published yesterday raised concerns about progress towards meeting the targets to end fuel poverty and to mitigate against the effects of climate change.” (2)
Mr Stewart continued:
“Housing associations and co-operatives are ideally placed to lead on retrofit programmes to improve existing housing as they have the project management expertise and blocks or estates of housing which lends itself to area based schemes. A recent study by Consumer Futures showed that investing in energy efficiency not only reduces energy bills and cuts carbon emissions, but is also the most cost effective way to boost jobs and stimulate the economy. (3) We therefore call on the Scottish Government to increase investment in these programmes.”
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3. Jobs, growth and warmer homes Evaluating the Economic Stimulus of Investing in Energy Efficiency Measures in Fuel Poor Homes
4. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 119 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance. www.sfha.co.uk
5. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
6. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.