SNP MSP SIGNS UP TO TACKLE FUEL POVERTY
18 January 2017
SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has signed up to tackle fuel poverty in his constituency, by teaming up with Home Energy Scotland to help residents struggling to heat their homes.
The Scottish Government’s fuel poverty alleviation scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland, is designed to help vulnerable people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving measures.
Since Warmer Homes Scotland was launched (figures up to 31 July 2016) 8 out of 10 who have qualified have received completely free energy efficiency measures. Most have received measures valued at over £4,000. The most common measures installed are a new gas boiler (to make creating heat more efficient) and/or insulation (to keep the heat in better).
Commenting on the scheme, Angus MacDonald MSP, Falkirk East, said:
“The Warmer Homes Scheme is a great initiative from the Scottish Government which has helped vulnerable people heat their homes, and ensure their homes are more energy efficient. People who qualify for the scheme find that they can receive help of over £4000 to make sure their homes are more comfortable to live in.
“Any of my constituents who are in difficulty in heating their homes can now come to my office, and we will make the referral. I would encourage anyone in need of this help to drop in and my team and I will make sure that Home Energy Scotland has the information needed to start the process of helping constituents stay warm.”
ANGUS MACDONALD MSP HIGHLIGHTS CONCERNS OVER HEALTH AND SAFETY AT PETROINEOS
13 January 2017
SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, has highlighted his concerns over reports that PetroIneos has failed to take “all necessary measures” in the prevention of major incidents at their site in Grangemouth.
Following an inspection of the Grangemouth PetroIneos refinery, the Health and Safety Executive issued an improvement notice to comply with measures intended to prevent a major incident, and has until April to improve the situation.
After contacting representatives at the plant, Angus MacDonald MSP commented saying:
“I was disappointed to hear that the refinery site at PetroIneos had been issued with an improvement notice given that any incident, no matter the scale, could prove detrimental to the surrounding communities.
“Health and safety protocols and measures that are not as robust and as tight as they should be are always concerning, and I was alarmed at the nature of these reports in the first instance.
“Having contacted PetroIneos I am satisfied that they have put measures in place to rectify the situation, which I believe was down to the registration of certain types of equipment, and are putting in place the necessary procedures to comply with their improvement notice. However, it remains that this should not have happened in the first place, and I look forward to seeing a clean bill of health in the next report from the Health and Safety Executive as soon as it is completed.”