Fuel Poverty shouldn’t be kicked into the long grass

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Shetland, Beatrice Wishart, following a response to a parliamentary question, has today urged the Scottish Government to act in haste on the issue of fuel poverty after it gave no timeline to re-starting work on the delayed fuel poverty strategy.

Comment Ms Wishart said:

“We know Shetland has some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in Scotland so it is all the more frustrating that there continues to be a lack of clarity on the Fuel Poverty Strategy.

“Fuel poverty has been endemic in the islands for years. With family finances stretched more than ever, those affected can ill-afford continued delays in taking action. It is true that many issues have had to be put on hold because of the pandemic but this is a challenge that has been exacerbated by Covid restrictions. The Government needs to start prioritising fuel poverty, not kick it into the long grass.

“The pandemic has inevitably disrupted the work of government, and that’s understandable, but pausing all work on the Fuel Poverty Strategy for over a year is difficult to justify when other projects have progressed.”


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