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Fuel poverty has become increasingly prominent in recent years. Although all households have felt the impact of increasing energy prices, it is pensioners who have borne the hardest brunt of fuel poverty.
Research commissioned by Age Concern and Help the Aged in Scotland showed that in March 2009 almost a third of people aged 55 or over had turned down their heating in the past six months due to concerns about the cost.
Age Scotland supports the approach of the Energy Assistance Package but we are concerned that the scheme is not locating and supporting fuel poor consumers. The Scottish Government has an obligation to eradicate fuel poverty as far as is practicably possible by 2016. The lack of progress on an integrated Government strategy towards the 2016 target for eradication of fuel poverty and current trends in energy prices suggest that meeting this target is increasingly unlikely.
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Energy Action Scotland is the national charity working to end fuel poverty and to achieve warm, dry homes for all.
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