Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today urged the Scottish Government to pay heed to the realities of fuel poverty’ after new data shows that people in Orkney, once again, have the highest rates of fuel poverty in Scotland.
The figures, published in the Local Authority Analysis, showed that the fuel poverty rate in Orkney was 57%. This compares to 17% in the City of Edinburgh.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“Fuel poverty levels are shameful Scotland-wide in this day and age. However, these figures underline that rural and island communities are disproportionately badly affected.
“I have consistently made the case for recognition of this alarming disparity, and I am glad that the Housing Minister has now agreed to look at options to recognise this ahead of Stage 2 of the Fuel Poverty Bill.
“Orkney and other rural and island communities urgently need targeted action to reduce the astronomical rates of fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty. The latest figures provide a timely reminder about the need to get the legislation and policy right.”