The Scottish Liberal Democrats have announced plans to cut energy bills and tackle fuel poverty by declaring home insulation a national strategic priority, doubling fuel poverty budgets and increasing incentives for all homes. Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Perthshire North, Peter Barrett, warned urgent action was needed to end “ the cruel choice too many people face between heating their home or putting food on their plates."
Pointing to official figures which reveal 25% of homes in fuel poverty and 16% in extreme fuel poverty across the Perth and Kinross Council area, the Scottish Liberal Democrats warn SNP plans will still leave 1 in 20 households in fuel poverty by 2040.
The Scottish Liberal Democrat proposals have estimated that their zero carbon homes strategy would create 34,000 jobs in energy efficiency and upgrade 80,000 homes per year over the next five years.
Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Peter Barrett for Perthshire North said:
“We need urgent action to end the cruel choice too many people face between heating their home or putting food on their plates.
“It is a disgrace that after 14 years of SNP Government many households face fuel poverty. Our plans would help lift households out of fuel poverty, create jobs and protect our planet.
“Investing now to cut carbon from our energy networks will pay an environmental dividend for decades - we can’t afford to wait.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie added:
“We must take action now to improve homes and make them greener. This will create jobs, cut bills and tackle the climate emergency.
“When I say Scottish Liberal Democrats will put recovery first, this is what it looks like: more jobs, lower bills and greener homes.”