A new report has underlined the SNP’s failure to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland. The report of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group today outlines a number of recommendations to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland.

The last Labour-led Scottish Government set a target to abolish fuel poverty by November 2016, but today’s report admits that the situation is ‘significantly worse’ now and that fuel poverty in Scotland has doubled since the targets were established. More than a third of all households in Scotland live in fuel poverty.

Scottish Labour Housing and Social Justice Spokesperson Pauline McNeill said:

“No one in Scotland should have to choose between heating or eating in 2016, yet under the SNP government in Edinburgh fuel poverty has doubled.

The last Labour-led government set a target to eradicate fuel poverty in Scotland by November this year, but that target is going to be missed by a mile by the SNP.

Labour will consider this report carefully; tackling fuel poverty should be one of the central aims of this parliament.

This winter thousands of children will be cold in their own homes and that simply is not acceptable in 2016. The SNP government really need to get their act together – the time for talking is over we need action from a government that in 10 years has failed to get a grip.

Labour wants to see a Warm Homes Act to drive up standards and regulations. We also need to stop the cuts to local councils.

That’s why Labour will propose amendments to the upcoming Scottish budget to introduce a penny for public services on income tax to stop the cuts and invest instead.”

Scottish Labour Rural Economy and Connectivity spokesperson Rhoda Grant said:

“Fuel poverty for rural households in Scotland is double the national average, it’s clear that rural communities are paying a poverty premium under the SNP government and hundreds of millions of pounds of cuts to public services will only increase this pressure.

That is why Labour will bring forward amendments to the forthcoming Scottish budget to introduce a penny for public services on income tax to stop the cuts and invest instead.”