What We Do

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel was appointed on 1st January 2022. It was established on 19th September 2019 under the Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019.


We are an advisory non-departmental public body which provides independent advice to Scottish Ministers on fuel poverty and scrutiny of their progress towards delivering Scotland’s 2040 fuel poverty targets.

We are here to help the Scottish Government work on short, medium and long-term fuel poverty issues and potential solutions, including how support can best be provided to those in, or entering, fuel poverty.

Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019. sets out specific requirements for the Panel in relation to fuel poverty.

These include:

  • commenting on Scottish Ministers progress on fuel poverty targets.
  • advising Scottish Ministers on how policies and programmes are addressing the four drivers of fuel poverty:

High energy prices.

Low household income.

Energy consumption(how energy is used in the home).

Poor energy efficiency of the home.

The Tackling Fuel Poverty Strategy 2021 extends the Panel’s role to include:

  • supporting an evidence-based approach to fuel poverty which puts those with lived experience at its centre.
  • advising on the delivery of the Fuel Poverty Strategy, including on the mechanism for how the strategy-delivery is monitored and evaluated.
  • championing and fostering a collaborative approach to addressing fuel poverty across Scotland.
  • advising Scottish Ministers on the impact of new evidence, technologies and opportunities to tackle fuel poverty.
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