Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart has today unveiled her plan for tackling fuel poverty in Shetland.
Figures published earlier this year, show that Shetland has a fuel poverty rate of 44% - one of the highest in Scotland. This compares to a rate of just 17% in Edinburgh.
Beatrice Wishart is demanding that government:
1. Immediately target resources to the areas worst affected, ensuring Shetland is at the front of the queue.
2. Invest in services in Shetland to help people make the right decisions about how to keep their home warm.
3. Give projects long-term funding so that they can deliver long into the future.
4. Cut energy bills for Shetlanders through new legal protections against unfair regional electricity pricing.
5. Urgently bring forward the fuel poverty strategy
Commenting on the plan, Beatrice Wishart said:
“Communities in Shetland are disproportionately affected by fuel poverty. It’s another of those hidden challenges that seriously affects island communities, but is all too often ignored by ministers or deemed too difficult.
“My colleague Liam McArthur successfully strengthened the latest piece of legislation in the interest of islanders, despite initial opposition from SNP ministers. But their responsibility does not stop there. Ministers need to immediately target resources to the areas worst affected, ensuring Shetland and other rural and island communities are at the front of the queue.
“Shetland produces so much of Scotland’s energy resources but people here are stuck paying over the odds for expensive fuel and electricity.
“My plan offers a clear route map for tackling fuel poverty in Shetland. As your Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP I will always demand better for our communities.”