MSP hits out over fuel and poverty

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly is de­mand­ing gov­ern­ment ac­tion af­ter it was re­vealed that nearly one mil­lion homes in Scot­land are liv­ing in fuel poverty.

Mr Kelly said it was a “na­tional dis­grace” that more than half of all low in­come fam­i­lies in Scot­land are strug­gling with en­ergy bills de­spite fam­ily mem­bers be­ing in work.

He has hit out at the SNP gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to meet their tar­get to erad­i­cate fuel poverty in Novem­ber 2016.

Ahead of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment elec­tions next year, Scot­tish Labour has promised to in­tro­duce a Warm Homes Act to over­haul plan­ning and build­ing reg­u­la­tions so Scots can take ad­van­tage of home­grown sus­tain­able heat­ing tech­nolo­gies and place a duty on land­lords to im­prove prop­er­ties and ad­dress fuel poverty.

James Kelly said: “It is a na­tional dis­grace that in mod­ern day Scot­land, more than half of our low in­come fam­i­lies are strug­gling with en­ergy bills de­spite be­ing in work. I know from my case­work lo­cally that ap­plies to fam­i­lies in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.”

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