Stur­geon plans to beat fuel poverty

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - BUSINESS -

The Scot­tish Govern­ment has used the fact that nearly a third of house­holds are suf­fer­ing un­der fuel poverty as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for es­tab­lish­ing a new pub­licly owned, not-for-profit en­ergy com­pany.

First min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon re­vealed plans to look into the op­tion dur­ing her speech at the party con­fer­ence ear­lier this week. More de­tails are ex­pected to be re­leased in the govern­ment’s forth­com­ing en­ergy strat­egy.

A Scot­tish Govern­ment spokesman said: “The fact that 31% of Scot­tish house­holds were in fuel poverty in 2015, largely due to ris­ing fuel prices, shows the en­ergy mar­ket is fail­ing many house­holds.

“We are de­vel­op­ing plans for an en­ergy com­pany that will sup­port our ef­forts to tackle fuel poverty and help to achieve our am­bi­tious cli­mate change tar­gets.”

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