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Fuel poor households deserve better from SNP

April 23, 2014 7:03 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP hasLiam McArthurLiam McArthur said the SNP Government should set the record straight after making misleading claims that key schemes aimed at helping those living in fuel poverty were being cut by the UK Government.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

"Nobody should have to choose between heating their homes or feeding their families. That is why Scottish Liberal Democrats remain committed to ending fuel poverty by 2016.

"In my own constituency of Orkney, levels of fuel poverty are higher than almost anywhere else in the country. I need no persuading, therefore, of the importance of redoubling our efforts to combat this scourge as a matter of urgency.

"Making progress, however, will require both of Scotland's governments to work hand in hand. What it does not need is SNP Ministers yet again blaming everything on Westminster while claiming everything would be solved with independence.

"Margaret Burgess' claims about UK cuts for energy efficiency measures are simply not true. Indeed, it shows either a determination to scaremonger or a lack of understanding about how these programmes work. Neither does those living in fuel poverty any favours at all.

"The fight against fuel poverty has enjoyed cross-party support to date, and those in fuel poor households deserve better than SNP scapegoating."