Scottish Cities

Fuel poverty in selected Scottish cities

Fuel Poverty - Scottish Cities (2018)

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Approximately 27% of households in Glasgow were in fuel poverty during the period 2013-2015.  The figure is higher than in Edinburgh (20%) and Aberdeen (23%) but it is lower than Dundee (36%).


A household in fuel poverty is defined by the Scottish Government’s 2002 Scottish Fuel Poverty Statement as ‘one that needs to spend more than 10% of its income (including Housing Benefit or Income Support for Mortgage Interest) on all household fuel use in order to maintain a satisfactory heating regime.’ The likelihood of a household experiencing fuel poverty is influenced by income, fuel costs and energy efficiency of the dwelling.

These figures were sourced from the Scottish Households Condition Survey, and do not take into account bill rebates received under the warm homes discount scheme, or income received by additional adults other than the highest income householder and their partner.  Therefore, these figures are likely overstate the number of fuel poor households to an extent. 

The Scottish Government has published local indicators of fuel poverty down to an intermediate zone level.  It is advised that these estimates should be considered as a broad guide and used alongside other local knowledge. Accompanying maps provide an indication of the relative distribution of fuel poverty in Scotland, identifying areas with very high and very low levels of fuel poverty.

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