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In this free course, Fuel poverty in Scotland, you will be hearing and reading about the issues faced by people living in poverty in Britain in 2000. This is intended to give you an understanding of what poverty is like from the perspective of the people themselves, both in terms of the experience of living on a very low income, and some of the effects this has had on their lives. One of the biggest problems facing people living on a very low income is how to afford adequate heating.
By the end of this free course you should be able to:
- give examples of poverty in terms of low income and the effects this has on the lives of those who are very poor.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Fuel poverty
- 2 Organisations tackling fuel poverty in Scotland
- 3 Audio assets
- 4 Comment on the audio clips
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Fuel poverty in Scotland
In this first unit, you will be hearing and reading about the issues faced by people living in poverty in Britain in 2000. This is intended to give you an understanding of what poverty is like from the perspective of the people themselves, both in terms of the experience of living on a very low income, and some of the effects this has had on their lives. One of the biggest problems facing people living on a very low income is how to afford adequate heating.
A particular aspect of poverty and social exclusion featured in this unit is the struggle to keep warm. It is a struggle that many people all over the UK face, especially in Scotland where the audio clips were recorded. The winters in Scotland can be particularly severe, and winter deaths are disproportionately high when compared with other parts of the UK. A low income combined with poor housing can easily drive people into debt, as well as ill health. In the audio clips, you will hear from people who have experienced fuel poverty, and from people who are trying to ameliorate and eradicate fuel poverty in Scotland.
The audio clips were recorded in 2000.
Participants in the audio clips:
Helen Robinson is the presenter;
Angela Yih is a member of Age Concern, Scotland;
Jacqueline Carlin works in a community advice centre in Dundee;
Ian Treanor is an energy advisor working for SCARF (Save cash and reduce fuel) and works in conjunction with Dundee City council;
Thomas, Florence, Doreen and Elizabeth all live in Scotland;
Colin Gibson is a member of Scottish Power.
This unit is from our archive and it is an adapted extract from Care, welfare and community (K202) which is no longer in presentation. If you wish to study formally at The Open University, you may wish to explore the courses we offer in this.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social Care courses or view the range of currently available OU Social Care courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 25th July 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 30th August 2012
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