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Evaluating and Improving a Model for Reducing Fuel Poverty

22 Mar 2012
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Where: K505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow
Times: 12.30 -14.00 [GMT] (12:00 for lunch)

This report is the final product of the consultation provided to Solas Scotland Ltd which evaluates and analyses a scheme focusing on the reduction of Fuel Poverty in Scotland called Local Energy Saving Scheme (LESS).  This academic consultation has examined the methodology, outcomes and possible improvements of the LESS model to eradicate fuel poverty in Scotland.

Fuel Poverty in Scotland has presented itself in various ways; most cases related to housing standards and ways of heating and creating thermal comfort in households.  If these standards are jeopardised and the ability to adequately heat a home becomes a burden and an economical struggle, then quality of life is affected and health issues can arise.  When a house owner starts to spend more than 10% of the household’s income in energy and struggles to pay it, the occupiers are referred to as a core group of people who suffer from fuel poverty.

The level of fuel poverty is measured directly by how thermally efficient homes are.  If a home is proven to be highly efficient in maintaining internal temperatures without increasingly boosting various heating sources, then it’s demand for energy is reduced. If this is not achieved, the level of thermal capacity is reduced consequently energy demand increases which results in higher energy bills.

Fuel poverty is not only caused by poor dwelling thermal conditions. In many occasions it can also be the in-adequate administration of energy payments in the household.  There are various ways of paying for fuel; It can be done directly on a monthly basis, or it can be paid on direct debit from a bank, or in many cases the households have pre paid meters.  Dealing with many energy providers can make these payments complicated and hard to organise which can lead to higher bills and in some cases debt and energy “cut-offs”.

This report has created an awareness of the LESS model pointing out similar schemes around Britain and also a review of the current community engagement which has been so successful in areas where the model is in operation.


Julio Bros-Williamson, Edinburgh Napier University

Leanne Evans, Solas Scotland Ltd


There are two ways to attend this event.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. This will provide a live video feed, presentation and chat area - with the opportunity to contribute to the discussion using the Q&A (online chat) facility.

Online attendance is free of charge to CIC Start Online members.

Please register as a member here – project membership is free.


You can also attend the seminar in person.

A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers.   Lunch and registration starts at 12:00, with the seminar commencing at 12:30.

If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form below.

The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).


The seminar fee may be 50% funded by Skills Development Scotland if the business employs less than 250 people and meets Skills Development Scotland's criteria.  After booking the course, please contact or call 0300 456 8731.



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