Scottish Liberal Democrats: Urgent action needed to address fuel poverty

Scottish Liberal Democrats to act decisively in tackling fuel poverty after new statistics showed 750,000 households were suffering fuel poverty in 2015, despite a fall compared to 2014.

Official statistics today showed the rate of fuel poverty fell by 4% between 2014 and 2015, but this still left 748,000 households in fuel poverty and 203,000 homes in extreme fuel poverty. The Scottish Government recently admitted its missed its target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016. 

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP, commented: 

“These statistics confirm that the Scottish Government has a mountain to climb when it comes to meeting the needs of vulnerable people suffering from fuel poverty. 

“We learn that energy efficiency measures only helped a third of households out of fuel poverty in the last year. Meanwhile, there has been no change to levels of disrepair, damp and condensation. 

“All this reinforces the urgent need for a revised strategy and decisive action.” 

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson, Caron Lindsay, added:

“Liberal Democrats are campaigning for everyone to have a warm and healthy home. We can do that by delivering a Warm Homes Act and catch-up zones for those areas where people are most vulnerable. 

“This is the best way to protect against those conditions, such as fuel price increases or cold winters, that could plunge people back into fuel poverty.” 

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