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Lanarkshire Cold Homes
Thousands of families in Hamilton are living in ‘cold homes’ according to shocking new figures. Statistics released by the Existing Homes Alliance show 20,800 households in the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency are ‘unhealthily cold’.
That equates to 64 per cent of all households in the area.
A cold home is a home rated below a C EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) standard.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence have recommended that, as a minimum, properties should be raised to an EPC band C and ideally to a band B to help reduce the risk of death and ill health associated with living in a cold home.
It is also estimated 36 per cent of households in the constituency are living in fuel poverty.
A further 18,500 homes (58 per cent) in the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency are considered to be cold homes
The figure in Motherwell and Wishaw is 18,600 (56 per cent).
At the start of this year, more than a quarter of people in South Lanarkshire were living in fuel poverty. New statistics from the Scottish Government showed that 30 per cent of residents struggled to heat their homes between 2012 and 2014.
And the figures also show seven per cent lived in extreme fuel poverty.
This was a decrease from the 2011 to 2013 figures, where 33 per cent struggled to heat their homes and eight per cent suffered extreme fuel poverty.
However, it was an increase from between 2010 to 2012, when 29 per cent of the population lived in fuel poverty and six per cent in extreme fuel poverty.
The latest figures for North Lanarkshire were 34 per cent and six per cent respectively.
The definition of fuel poverty is needing to spend more than 10 per cent of your income on domestic fuel.