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Lessons must be learned about the way Scottish Fuel Poverty forum is involved by ministers: McArthur

October 5, 2011 6:59 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting after the Fuel Poverty Statement to Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"Much of what the Minister announced today is to be welcome. The re-instatement of money cut from the fuel poverty budget in the past year, the inclusion of many carers in the Energy Assistance Package and the review of the fuel poverty strategy are all steps in the right direction.

"Welcome too are the appointments of Professor David Sigsworth and Norman Kerr as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Scottish Fuel poverty forum.

"But the Minister must heed the warning of Professor Sigsworth's predecessor, Reverend Blount, and ensure that the forum is given access to all the information it needs in order to advise government effectively. He must also respond positively to the recommendations of the forum, once it has reviewed the current fuel poverty strategy.

"Failure to do this may well result in the loss of another forum chair and, more worryingly, it could set back our chances of making progress in talking the scourge of fuel poverty in this country."