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Politics of collective heating and energy



In Scotland, access to affordable and efficient heating systems as well as affordable energy supply is a necessity, yet for many pay meters, storage heaters and ongoing poor insulation are the reality.

Come to this session to learn about collective heating and energy systems in Scotland and see how to start to plan for a publicly accountable, affordable and localised system of energy provision, especially as registered social landlords are investing in new energy schemes and we need to take these opportunities to shape them to our needs.

Tenants in Maryhill forcing a negotation over district heating.
[Image: Maryhill tenants forcing a negotiation over district heating charges]




Come to the meeting a few minutes early, so we can start sharp!

The meeting will consist of two 45 minute sessions with two of the following workshops to choose from.

  • Tenants Struggles: recent battles around district heating and the lessons in what can be achieved, and what can go wrong.  A strategy for power in the longer term - companies making money from the sale of electricity while also metering the industrial byproduct: we can do so much better.

  • Outline of the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing ([…]ish-government-guidance-social-landlords-revised-2020/pages/1/) - what it means for tenants and what it means for organising for power on housing schemes.

  • Commonweal's Our Common Home, and other reports - the take home for what to fight FOR in terms of district heating in Scotland.

  • The problem of "Edinburgh": how self regulation has allowed landlords to coninue to ignore long extant heating and housing standards, like Scottish Housing Quality Standard ( "In 2014, the regulator published an SHQS progress report. It covers a range of issues and was based on self-assessment information given by RSLs and local authority landlords. It showed that landlords expected that 2,408 houses would not meet the target, which is less than 0.4 per cent of all social houses."

    The self-regulation legacy: "One resident was told by her doctor her property was no longer safe for her and her child to live in." (mouldy, freezing flats, unfit for human habitation)




This training is part of Living Rent’s training program supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation, you can see the next training sessions on the website.

December 05, 2020 at 11:00am - 1pm
Online -Zoom
Nick Durie ·
Rosie Hampton Shaun Cassidy Neil Gray Caroline Cawley Chris Carus Ellinore Folkesson Tom Robinson Gil Anderson Lway Poe Myiem Kenneth Venters Rob Humphrey Eve Rogers Katie Malone Nikki Barnett Sinead McNulty

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