SNP MSP for the South of Scotland, Aileen McLeod, has highlighted the high numbers of people in Dumfries and Galloway living in fuel poverty.
During General Question Time in the Scottish Parliament this week, Aileen spoke about the latest Scottish House Condition Survey which shows 41 percent of all households in Dumfries and Galloway are in fuel poverty. This compares with 28 percent for Scotland as a whole.
Aileen then asked the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital investment what measures he is encouraging local authorities to take in order to ensure information is forthcoming to all residents as to what they can do to reduce fuel poverty.
Aileen said; “It is worrying to see such high fuel poverty figures for Dumfries and Galloway and with various welfare reforms due to come into force through the UK Government I fear things may get worse for many people.
“With Tory-led changes to the way disability living allowance and others are calculated and as people are reassessed in their abilities to work it is estimated that the numbers in fuel poverty may increase.
“The Scottish Government has just last week announced a further £2 million of funding for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme and the boiler scrappage programme. This brings the spending for this year up to £57 million, showing a firm commitment from the Scottish Government in their bid to eradicate fuel poverty.
“The Cabinet Secretary also reminded us of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline, which is a one-stop shop for independent energy saving advice and support, just call 0800 512 012 or 300 456 2655 from a mobile, or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk.”