Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, is seeking Scottish Government answers on the progress of the Fuel Poverty Strategy and appointments to the Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel. Facing a winter with possible fuel shortages Ms Wishart wants to ensure there is no household forced to go cold this year.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis the Fuel Poverty Strategy was put on hold by the Scottish Government. In a response to a question Ms Wishart asked in May, the Scottish Government said further information on the work to develop the draft Fuel Poverty Strategy and also on the appointment of the statutory Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel would be ‘provided in due course’.
Last week Ms Wishart called for a doubling of the Warm Home Discount to ensure pensioners do not go without heating this winter. Ms Wishart had previously called for an eradication of fuel poverty by doubling the Scottish Government’s fuel poverty budgets. Ms Wishart also backed Shetland Tariff plans in July.
Ms Wishart Commented:
“Islanders are facing the perfect storm of high levels of fuel poverty and energy shortages just as we enter winter. A published version of the Fuel Poverty Strategy by the Scottish Government could have been helping residents now.
“No household should be forced to go cold this year. The Scottish Government needs to outline the measures they can take to improve fuel poverty.
“If you are having any issues with your energy supplier or believe you may be entitled to some kind of benefit for your energy please contact my office. There are many constituents that have been helped with their energy supplier.”
Notes to Editors
Ms Wishart asked: To ask the Scottish Government with regard to the Fuel Poverty Strategy to provide an update on a) the resumption of this work and b) the appointment of the statutory Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel
You can see Ms Wishart’s call to eradicate fuel poverty here.
You can see Ms Wishart’s urge to the Scottish Government here.