We want a Warm Homes Act

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

Re­cent fig­ures show 20,500 ‘cold’ homes in the Ruther­glen con­stituency with 35 per cent of house­holds in fuel poverty. This is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

It comes at a time when the SNP have cut £15mil­lion from the fuel poverty bud­get.

This means that many low in­come house­holds and pen­sion­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang have to choose be­tween eat­ing and heat­ing.

If Scot­land is to en­joy af­ford­able homes and en­sure it cuts it green­house gas emis­sions, we need a bold new ap­proach to sup­port­ing the up­take of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures and low car­bon heat. Scot­tish Labour would in­tro­duce a Warm Homes Act in the first term of the new par­lia­ment. This would help tackle fuel poverty by driv­ing up en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in­su­la­tion stan­dards.

That way we can deal with the es­sen­tial task of en­sur­ing the scan­dalous fig­ure of 35 per cent of Ruther­glen house­holds be­ing in fuel poverty is tack­led ur­gently.

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