We’ll in­vest £1bn in ef­fi­ciency

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

It’s ap­palling that any­one lives in a cold home in a de­vel­oped country in 2016.

The UK Govern­ment have frozen fuel duty for sev­eral years now to help fam­ily bud­gets and have taken 5000 of the low­est paid work­ers in Ruther­glen out of pay­ing tax to help pro­tect the most dis­ad­van­taged.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives have made it a man­i­festo pri­or­ity to tackle cold homes.

Firstly, we want to in­vest £1bil­lion in im­prov­ing the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of cold homes dur­ing the next five years. This would be tar­geted pri­mar­ily at low in­come house­holds in the first in­stance as its here that it will have the most trans­for­ma­tive ef­fect. We must also make sure we utilise all en­ergy sources as part of the mix.

Re­new­able en­ergy such as off­shore wind can play a part but so can nu­clear and, with a proper safety regime in place, frack­ing.

The other par­ties’dog­matic op­po­si­tion to those en­ergy sources is be­wil­der­ing.

If we want to en­sure en­ergy is more af­ford­able for fam­i­lies then we must take a prag­matic ap­proach and ex­ploit all sources which re­duce the bur­den of en­ergy costs on fam­ily fi­nances.

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