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HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY CASH “INSUFFICIENT”, SAY LOCAL MSP AND MP

An investment by the Scottish Government in the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland, while welcomed, has been branded as an insufficient sum by Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown. 

The Scottish Government have provided Dumfries & Galloway Council with £1.7 million to help fuel poor and vulnerable households with energy efficiency improvements such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.

 

However, over 40% of households in some parts of Dumfries & Galloway are in fuel poverty and 63% of people over 60 in Dumfries & Galloway are in fuel poverty.

 

New figures have also revealed that almost 1 million households or 2 million individuals in Scotland are living in fuel poverty. This is an increase of almost 300,000 on the previous year.

 

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:

 

“As winter bites, the money the Scottish Government have provided Dumfries & Galloway Council to help improve energy efficiency is obviously welcome. However, with over 40% of households in some parts of our region living in fuel poverty the money isn’t going to go a long way. The SNP would do well to back Labour's plan for an energy price freeze while we reform the energy market.”

 

Dumfries & Galloway MP Russell Brown added:

 

“Any investment in home energy efficiency is welcome. However with so many households in fuel poverty, including 63% of older people in Dumfries & Galloway, I fear the little money the Scottish Government has provided will fail to make a big difference to the many people in Dumfries & Galloway who are going to struggle to pay their bills this winter. In this day and age, families shouldn’t be forced to make the choice between heating and eating.”

 

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