The Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel - Strategic Plan 2024-2027

This is the Panel’s first Strategic Plan. It covers three years – 2024-2027 – and will inform the Panel’s work over the next three years. It sets out the Panel’s strategic goals, what it aims to do to deliver these and how it will measure its progress. There is an accompanying logic model which is a visual representation of how the Panel expect its strategic goals (inputs) to be achieved (outcomes) through its work (outputs).

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3. Our Strategic Plan

The Panel’s vision is for a Scotland where everyone lives in an energy efficient home and has access to affordable and clean energy – a Scotland where no one lives in fuel poverty.  

The Panel’s work is driven by its mission: 

  • to strengthen fuel poverty policy, legislation and practice in Scotland and the UK
  • to eradicate fuel poverty and increase resilience by engaging with people with lived experience and those who support them; and 
  • by advising Scottish Ministers, scrutinising progress, and advocating for action. 

 In working to realise its vision and achieve its mission, the Panel aims to foster an ethos supported by these principles: 

  1. Undertake work that is independent and objective.
  2. Be open and transparent, bringing our Code of Conduct principles to all that we do.
  3. Work in an inquisitive, consultative, and collaborative way, including in the development, delivery and sharing of our thinking and advice.
  4. Provide visionary and dynamic advice and input to both long term challenges and the response to immediate need. 
  5. Be respectful and supportive listeners to all, particularly offering a safe space for those with lived experience of fuel poverty to share their insights, understanding and views.  

The lifetime of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel’s three-year strategic plan (2024-2027) takes us to within three years of Scotland’s first statutory interim fuel poverty target in 2030. The plan is grouped around seven strategic goals. Six of these goals focus on key areas where the Panel believe optimal policy delivery is needed to shift fuel poverty in both the short and long term. In its seventh goal, the Panel commits to rigour in its governance and operations.  

Alongside this strategic plan, the Panel has published a logic model which is a visual representation of how the Panel expect its strategic goals (inputs) to be achieved (outcomes) through its work (outputs). The strategic goals will inform the Panel’s annual work plans. The logic model is a dynamic tool which will support the Panel in responding to change in the wider environment and any associated impact on the fuel poverty landscape, over the lifetime of this plan. The logic model will also help the Panel to communicate any changes in its strategic direction. The Panel will work to identify indicators, rooted in its outputs, to evaluate the effectiveness of this strategic plan and will provide updates on progress in its annual reports.    

A key aspect of the Panel’s role is to support Scottish Ministers in their understanding of how they can work towards achieving their statutory fuel poverty targets. The Panel’s strategic plan therefore aligns closely with areas of strategic priority for Scottish Ministers in their work to eradicate fuel poverty by 2040.  

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