SNP COMMITTED TO TACKLING FUEL POVERTY
Friday, 09 December 2016 14:06
CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN FUEL POVERTY FUND AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has welcomed the First Minister’s commitment to tackling fuel poverty and to funding energy efficiency plans in Scotland.
At First Minister’s Questions on 8th December, Nicola Sturgeon said that the Scottish Government will allocate £113 million this year in this year alone and by the end of 2021 will have committed over £1 billion to improve the energy efficiency of Scottish homes and reduce fuel poverty.
The First Minister pointed to figures released this week showing that almost 100,000 fewer Scottish households were living in fuel poverty in 2015 compared to 2014.
Addressing the issue of high energy prices, Nicola Sturgeon said:
“It is a disgrace that some of the most vulnerable customers – particularly those on pre-payments meters – should be paying more.
“We are working hard to reduce overall energy costs for Scottish consumers by improving energy efficiency and promoting Scottish engagement in the energy market to lower energy bills.”
Commenting, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“The SNP is committed to tackling fuel poverty and the support outlined by the First Minister will go a long way in helping to support low income households.
“Investment in energy efficiency is crucial as we look to tackle high energy bills for households across Scotland, but it’s clear we need to also tackle the cost of fuel.
“So I am delighted that the Scottish Government will be further challenging energy companies to get the best possible deal for customers as part of our pledge to cut fuel poverty across Scotland.”
“In the meantime, I would encourage constituents to sign up to the Smart Meter scheme as soon as it becomes available, or speak to their energy providers and use price comparison sites to see if they can save money by switching supplier or tariff.”