FOI Request - Household Requests for Assistance with Fuel Payments

Request 101000405854

1. How many households have been assessed as being in fuel poverty in each year since 2010/11? Please break this down by
a. Council households
b. Any other type of households within the council area (privately rented, privately owned, etc.)

2. How many households have made a request for assistance with payments towards their fuel and heating bills in each year since 2010/11? Please break this down by
a. Council households
b. Any other type of households within the council area (privately rented, privately owned, etc.)

3. What are the 5 main reasons that a household makes a request for such assistance?

4. What type of assistance is provided to households by the council for heating and fuel costs?

5. How much money has the council spent towards financial assistance with fuel and heating bills for households within the council area in each year since 2010/11? Please break this down by
a. Council households
b. Any other type of households within the council area (privately rented, privately owned, etc.)

Response 01-02-2016

Responses to this FOI in relation to what the Scottish Welfare Fund provides as follows:

Q1 - The Discretionary Awards Team, who administer the Scottish Welfare Fund and Discretionary Housing Payments do not carry out assessments with regards to fuel poverty.

Q2, 3 & 5 - This information is exempt under Section 27(1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the information is due for publication within the next 12 weeks on the Scottish Government website here.

Q4 - Crisis Grants can be awarded to households, who meet the eligibility requirements, in a crisis which has arisen as a result of an emergency or a disaster. Crisis Grants are awarded to meet immediate short-term living expenses, which can include heating and fuel costs. Awards are in the form of a cash equivalent voucher. Further information on Crisis Grants is available here.

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