Fuel Poverty in Scotland

Immediate Release

Fuel poverty in Scotland has increased dramatically in the past few years. 900,000 households in Scotland are suffering from fuel poverty. This is a national scandal. In Stirling alone, there are at least 10,000 households in fuel poverty. We know with the recent inflation busting increases of the energy companies that the number is even higher.

Despite all the rhetoric from the SNP, the number of households in fuel poverty has actually gone up since 2007. Despite the increase in fuel poverty, the Scottish Government has failed to spend the money it has to combat this growing scourge.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP has called for the SNP to turn their words into action. Scottish Labour held a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the 23rd of April to discuss the growing crisis.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said:

“Many of us will have received our fuel bills for the winter months. I am shocked at the plight of many of my constituents who are struggling to pay the costs of keeping their home warm in winter. For well over a million Scots, their fuel bills are so high, they are now classed as being in fuel poverty.

“It’s really important for the Scottish Government to act. The SNP talk a lot about how things might be better after independence, but households need help now. I find it outrageous that the SNP have failed to spend the money they have on helping to insulate homes and helping to reduce fuel bills.

“What is even worse is that the SNP are refusing to back our calls for an energy price freeze. Alex Salmond has met with the ‘Big 6’ energy companies eight times since 2010. Not once has he ever asked them to freeze their prices. Not once has the SNP’s Energy Minister asked them to cut their bills.

“So rather than speaking up for our poorest, Alex Salmond would instead back the big energy companies. As thousands more Scots slip into fuel poverty because of his government’s incompetence, Alex Salmond takes the side of big business.

“Fuel poverty is a disgrace. Scottish Labour backs an energy price freeze and a reform of the energy market to break up the ‘Big 6’ energy companies. Why won’t the SNP?”

 

ENDS

 

Andy Murray, Freedom of Stirling

Motion S4M-09801: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014
Andy Murray, Freedom of Stirling

That the Parliament congratulates Andy Murray on being awarded the freedom of Stirling at a ceremony held at a special meeting of Stirling Council in Dunblane High School; notes that Andy is only the third person to be given what it considers this prestigious recognition and believes that it reflects the great pride that the city holds for its sporting son; understands that he has won 28 tournaments, including the US Open and Olympic tennis titles in 2012, making him the first man to win both of these competitions in the same calendar year, and the Wimbledon championship in 2013; notes that Andy will also be given an honorary doctorate by the University of Stirling in recognition of his services to tennis; wishes him the best of luck in attempting to add to his impressive sporting achievements, and thanks Andy for all that he has done in promoting the sport of tennis.