Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the Scottish Government has missed its warm homes target by “a country mile” after SNP ministers today defaulted on their commitment to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016, missing it by 845,000 households.
The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 requires the Scottish Government to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016 ‘so far as reasonably practicable’.
The Scottish Government refused to admit throughout the run-up to May’s election that this would be missed, despite more than one-in-three Scots households being in fuel poverty and one-in-ten in extreme fuel poverty. Ministers finally admitted in June that the target would be missed.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP said:
“The SNP Government has missed its statutory responsibility to eradicate fuel poverty by a country mile. Hundreds of thousands of families across Scotland are still wondering how they are going to afford a warm home this winter.
“Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, ministers spent the months running up to the election denying that the target was going to be missed and even lowered spending in this area. They were frozen to the spot instead of working with other parties on a fresh strategy to establish warmer homes.
“Warm words aren’t enough. That is why we now urgently need a Warm Homes Act alongside the establishment of catch-up zones to deliver warmer homes for remote and island communities which have fallen behind.”