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MSPs to vote on Fuel Poverty Bill

Thursday June 6th 2019 at 8:00 AM

MSPs will gather in Holyrood later today to vote on the final stage of the Fuel Poverty Bill.

If passed, the legislation will set a target of ending fuel poverty by 2032 and will also compel the Scottish Government to outline how they’ll make homes more energy efficient, including in the private rented sector.

Recent findings from Citizens Advice Scotland highlighted more than half a million homes north of the border experience fuel poverty, where more than 10 per cent of their income is spent on paying utility bills.

Ahead of the debate, Dr Jamie Stewart, Energy spokesperson for CAS said: “This bill is a unique opportunity for the Scottish Parliament to be bold in its approach to tackling an issue that is affecting a significant number of people in Scotland.

“The problems of fuel poverty are all too familiar to the Citizens Advice network in Scotland. We help hundreds of thousands of people each year and many thousands of our clients are concerned about energy costs.

“That 1 in 10 working people haven’t been able to afford an energy bill at some point in the past year should spur MSPs into urgent action.

“Tackling fuel poverty is a vital part of creating a fairer society. The Fuel Poverty Strategy will be tasked with delivering on the commitments enshrined in this Bill, so it is important that the legislation provides appropriate levels of scrutiny and sets bold targets.

“We hope MSPs today seize this opportunity to take decisive action to help some of society’s most vulnerable people.”

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