Dr Keith Baker to investigate fuel poverty for Citizens Advice Scotland

14 January 2016

Dr Keith Baker

Dr Keith Baker

A GCU researcher is working as part of a consultancy to review energy-efficiency and fuel-poverty schemes for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), the country’s largest independent advice network.

Dr Keith Baker, Researcher in Sustainable Urban Environments, working with CAG Consultants, a UK-wide sustainability, climate change and community engagement consultancy, will publish the findings in a report in April.

Dr Baker said: “It's great to be working for CAS, as it’s a frontline organisation that does valuable work with vulnerable and hard-to-reach households. It has a key role in delivering programmes to tackle energy efficiency and fuel poverty in Scotland.

“Fuel poverty is a major issue at the moment. The Scottish Government was set a target of eliminating it by November 2016, so this year is going to be critical and, with this and our other research, GCU could make a real impact on future policies.”

Dr Baker frequently engages with government at Scottish and UK levels and has been called to give evidence to the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into Sustainable Construction and the Green Deal, the RICS Scotland Scottish Housing Commission, and the Black Commission on Housing and Wellbeing.