SNP/Greens vote down Northern Isles ferries and fuel poverty priorities

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, moved an amendment voted down by the Scottish Government, which called for targeted support for ferry replacement and tackling fuel poverty in Orkney and Shetland.

It came as MSPs debated yesterday proposals that will see six islands, including Hoy and Yell, supported to become fully carbon neutral by 2040.

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur lodged the amendment to the government motion calling on the Northern Isles' internal ferries to be included in the Islands Connectivity Plan which is set to replace the National Ferries Plan.

Mr McArthur's amendment also called for more targeted support to retrofit homes in island communities which suffer from the highest levels of fuel poverty in the country.

After speaking in the debate Ms Wishart said:

“I am disappointed that the Scottish Government didn’t take this opportunity to help address fuel poverty and ferry emissions in the isles.

“Most people, businesses and organisations recognise the seriousness of the climate emergency and want to play their part..

“But often the best means to reduce emissions, such as retrofitting a home, is simply too expensive to take on without financial support.

“Targeted support now to those most in need would contribute to reducing energy bills too.”




Notes to Editors

Ms Wishart can be seen moving the amendment here.

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