MacDonald welcomes record investment to fight fuel poverty
Saturday, 08 October 2011 11:41
Increase in support to tackle rising energy costs
SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald, has welcomed the commitment by the Scottish Government to increase funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes by a record 35 per cent to £66.25 million by 2015.
The statement this week by the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, Alex Neil also announced an extra £5 million for the Energy Assistance Package to help through the winter months.
Welcoming the news local MSP Angus MacDonald, who is also a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Energy Committee said:
“When I speak to people around Falkirk district one of the most consistent issues raised is the cost of heating a home, whether that is by electricity, gas or heating oil.
“This is a significant investment by the Scottish Government and clear statement of the SNP’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty.
“Households across the country are facing increasing pressures with energy costs increasing to scandalous levels.
“This investment should alleviate the pressure and help Scots households who would otherwise struggle to heat their homes this winter.
“There can be no denying that that there is a challenge in eradicating fuel poverty completely from Scottish society but with this increased investment and commitment to challenge energy suppliers, we are in the best possible position to tackle it head on.”
“As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Energy Committee I am committed to doing all that I can to eradicate fuel poverty which is a scandal in an energy-rich Scotland.”
“With prices going through the roof people are very fearful of their ability to pay the extortionate bills through the winter months. Heat is a basic need and no-one should have to fear the cost. I would encourage constituents to check their eligibility for assistance with the Energy Savings Scotland advice centre to see if they can apply. Constituents can access their local service on freephone 0800 512 012 or visit the Energy Savings Trust website at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ .”