Families shouldn’t have to choose between eating and heating

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has condemned new figures which reveal the SNP Government plans to cut the fuel poverty budget by £15 million.

The latest estimates suggest that 30% of households in Aberdeen live in fuel poverty.

Lewis Macdonald backs plans for a Warm Homes Act, which will change building and planning regulations to tackle fuel poverty.

Lewis Macdonald MSP said today:

“No family in Aberdeen should have to choose between heating and eating.

“In 2001 the last Labour-led Scottish Government set ambitious legislation to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. We know the SNP Government will miss that target, with the latest estimates showing that 30% of all households in Aberdeen live in fuel poverty.

“So it is deeply disappointing that the SNP Government in Edinburgh are planning a huge cut to the fuel poverty budget.

“Scottish Labour will take real action on fuel poverty. We will deliver ground-breaking legislation in the form of a Scottish Warm Homes Act.

“With new powers coming to Scotland we have the chance to really do things differently. After nearly a decade in office and with a majority in Parliament there are no excuses for the SNP failing to deal with fuel poverty

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