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Fuel poverty dataset added to Scotland’s Spatial Hub

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A new dataset has been added to the Improvement Service Spatial Hub, showing levels of fuel poverty data across Scotland.

The hub, which provides a single point of access to data from local authorities in Scotland, has now incorporated the Scottish Fuel Poverty Index, created in the summer of 2023 by EDINA@University of Edinburgh as part of its student internship programme.

The dataset takes into account a number of variables related to poverty, which are categorised according to whether they relate to demand or the ability to pay.

The final fuel poverty score for each council is calculated by taking the average of their demand and ability to pay variables. A low score means the area is at low risk of fuel poverty and a high score means the area is at a high risk of fuel poverty.

The Scottish Fuel Poverty Index is available in geospatial format as well as Excel and CSV files, which the Improvement Service said ensures it is as usable and accessible as possible.

Set up in 2017, the Spatial Hub has gradually taken on more datasets and in June of this year was made available as a source of open data.


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