The Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel Annual Report March 2023 – April 2024

We’re pleased to publish our first annual report. As this is our first annual report, we have set out the work we have done since our appointment in January 2022. We reflect on the significant increase in fuel poverty rates, from 24.6% in 2019 to 31% in 2022, driven by the energy crisis and the wider cost of living crisis, and the impact these have had on those suffering and entering fuel poverty. This is the context which has dictated and shaped our work since we were appointed.

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Financial Summary

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel was allocated a budget of £250,000 by the Scottish Government for 2023-2024. The Panel’s budget is held by the Scottish Government and the Panel is not required to produce audited accounts.

The table below provides a summary of the money that was spent on behalf of the Panel between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.

The Panel reported a budget underspend this year. This was due to some costs associated with the Panel set up being less than expected and a staff vacancy of three months.

The Panel’s day rates can be viewed here.

Expenditure, April 2023 to March 2024
Staff Costs £ 187,211.25
Panels Fees & Expenses £ 21,790.08
Panel Meetings £ 3,852.43
Website and IT £ 9,331.00
Communications and Publications £ 8,491.20
Research £ 4,950.76
Admin, Training, and other Costs £ 1,876.04
Consultancy £ 4,585.00
Total £ 242,087.76

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