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Smartmeters fuel poverty and preventative spend

06/10/2011

Fuel poverty is a cause of death and serious health problems in our country and I’m glad to see some work on this with an excellent working group and the Scottish Government.

The problem is worsened with the rising cost of fuel and with the best will in the world insulation grants will only do so much good.

I’m wondering whether or not there is a positive use for utility smartmeters to provide realtime alarm system by monitoring fuel usage for at risk groups.

While the real problem is that people can’t afford the fuel, there is an opportunity for care and health services to monitor cliff edges and to build in extra lifesaving emergency fuel spend as part of the government’s strategy for preventative spend on improving health.

I accept that there are problems with the idea but there are clever people out there who can work it out

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