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Fuel Poverty (Targets, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Act 2019


Section 19

78.Section 19 applies a number of definitions across the whole Act as follows—

  • it defines “the 2040 target” as the target that is set out in section 1(2),

  • it defines “the 2040 target in relation to each local authority area in Scotland” as the target that is set out in section 1(3),

  • “the fuel poverty targets” are defined as the targets set out in the Act: the two 2040 targets set out in section 1 and the two interim targets set out in section 2,

  • “the Scottish Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel” is defined as the Panel which is established under section 14.

79.There are a number of other terms which are defined and applied locally in the Act. These are—

  • “adjusted” (section 3(10)(a)),

  • “benefits received for a care need or disability” (section 3(10)(b)),

  • “childcare costs” (section 3(10)(c)),

  • “extreme fuel poverty” (section 4),

  • “four drivers of fuel poverty” (section 14(10)),

  • “fuel poverty” (section 3),

  • “fuel poverty gap” (section 5),

  • “household” (section 3(10)(d)),

  • “housing costs” (section 3(10)(e)),

  • “minimum income standard” (section 3(10)(f)),

  • “net income” (section 3(10)(g)),

  • “operating period” (section 15(6)).

80.The terms “remote rural area”, “remote small town” and “island area” will be defined in regulations in accordance with sections 3(7)(a) and 3(9).

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