Consumer Focus Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation. Since 2003/04, energy prices for domestic consumers have more than doubled. While there have been considerable and welcome improvements in the energy efficiency of Scotland’s housing, these improvements have not been sufficient to offset increases in energy prices, and Scottish Government data shows that rates of fuel poverty have risen sharply as a result.
We will continue to campaign for improvements to the energy market to ensure consumers get a fair deal and that any price rises are justified. Further, we recognise and appreciate the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to publicly funding programmes to address fuel poverty.