Going down the Danish route
Liberal Democrats aim to eliminate fuel poverty with a major manifesto commitment to a new Warm Homes Act.
This follows the Danish experience of an ongoing targeted plan to eliminate fuel poverty– improved energy efficiency of buildings, district heating schemes and renewable heat.
In Rutherglen, the new houses in Fernhill and Cathkin and the recladding of the square blocks produced warmer homes and reduced costs for families. This should become the norm.
The immediate steps include introducing tighter building standards for energy efficiency, making sure all newly-let properties achieve energy rating C, and providing grants from the Scottish government and the energy companies for home owners and sitting tenants to make their homes warmer.
Councils should develop municipal energy strategies providing their own renewable energy generation, using their economic“clout”to secure low tariffs for people in fuel poverty and establishing “catch up zones”in areas of particular pressure.